Looking at these Fabriano drawing books immediately puts a smile on my face. These are the days of my secondary school. It is late in the evening and the last thing I do before going to the bed is “preparare la cartella” (prepare the schoolbag). I notice that I have graphic arts the following day and I put in a drawing book along with some pencils and specific techinical tools. Handfree drawings, sketches and scale drawings…how many memories on those sheets! But I wasn’t the only one, everyone in the school had to have a Fabriano drawing book for its graphic arts class, it was considered to be the best in quality and reliability. And it nevere proved us wrong! Mine are still at my house, in the attic, somewhere alongside my childhood memories.

Fabriano is one of the few towns in the world where paper is still produced by hand to testify the willingness to keep the tradition alive.

In Fabriano the first sheet of paper in the Western society was born thanks to the technological innovations that this territory brought to the manufacture of this product. Among the greatest innovations there was the sizing of the sheets with gelatin to make them ink waterproof, and the introduction of the hydraulic pile to refine the mixture, and finally the invention of the filigree for security and guarantee reasons, the filigree attested the quality of the paper making it possible to identify the manufacturer.

Watermarked sheets are destined to fine uses and they are manufactured using only fine quality raw materials and the production process has remained unchanged for 700 years. The mixture gets distributed on a cloth with the help of a frame, then the sheet is detached from the frame and gets pressed to dehydrate, later it is let to dry. Then the sheet is immersed into some gelatin that makes it ink waterproof and ensures its conservation. The sheet is now ready for the finishing operations.

In Fabriano the paper manufacture is hundreds of years old and can be witnessed today thanks to the constant work of the Master papermakers.


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