• Abaca Tissue

    updated 6/04/10 PAB: MMSS 01-22-10 v0

    Alternate names
    See text in "Sources".

    Characteristics

    An un-buffered, long-fibered tissue made from abaca (manila hemp) fibers. Resembles Japanese mulberry papers (typically used for paper conservation) in structure, strength and appearance. Semi-transparent and exceptionally soft with pH values of 6.8 to 7.2. Since it is un-buffered, a drop in pH may occur under normal atmospheric conditions. Expensive.

    Forms/Sizes
    Pre-cut sheets typically 24" x 36; rolls 36" to 65 wide. Weights range from 9 gsm to over 21 gsm.

    Illustrations
    (forthcoming)
    Applications

    Recommended for storing protein-based materials (fur, leather, silk, wool), and other materials sensitive to alkali. Used to cushion very delicate materials and on intricate objects where the material must conform minutely to complex forms. Ideal for padding out silk and other fragile textiles. Also used for hinging in framing, and as a protective covering for works of art on paper and photography.

    Sources

    Masterpak
    Talas (this vendor uses terms "tengujo" and "kozo" for abaca rolls)
    Gaylord
    University Products
    Hiromi Paper Company
    Archivart