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Moravian Paper

Decorated paste paper was a specialty of Moravian women in the Single Sisters’ houses. Moravian sisters in different places around the world made this Moravian paper in various colors and color combinations and sold it to local customers, such as bookbinders. After putting a colored paste on the paper, the sisters used tools such as pins, stamps, or their fingers and the ball of their hands to make the designs. The samples shown here are all from the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem. They were presumably all produced locally.

for more information: see the bibliography;
or visit the website of a German book collector with nice images of modern recreations of Moravian paper.


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  Minutebook of the Anstaltsvormünderconferenz, 1770s, verso