The Manuscript Codex * Materials
FLESH SIDE OF PARCHMENT

The inner layer of the parchment, which corresponds to the tissue closest to the muscle, bone and organs of the living animal. The presence of fats in the body of the animal makes the flesh side of the parchment more resistant to adhesion by aqueous inks and paints, so that media often flakes off the flesh side more easily. Generally the flesh side is lighter and whiter than the hair side of parchments.
 
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AUTHORS: PAUL HEPWORTH AND KARIN SCHEPER