Herrnhut 300

Posted on 1st April 2022 by simonbeattie

Paste paper (Kleisterpapier in German) is a type of decorated paper in which coloured paste is brushed onto paper and then manipulated in some way before allowing to dry.  It was especially popular, particularly in northern and eastern Germany, in the second half of the eighteenth century (although the technique itself had already been around for over a century) as a cost-effective way for bookbinders to use up leftover paste.  There are plenty of videos online in case you fancy having a go at making your own, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKqvddv9ico

One distinctive style of paste paper originated from those made by members of the Moravian Brethren in the small town of Herrnhut in Saxony, which became a major centre for paste-paper production from c.1763/4 onwards.  This year is the 300th anniversary of its foundation, by Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, and I thought this was as good a reason as any to share examples of these papers here:

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3 responses to “Herrnhut 300”

  1. Yvonne Lewis says:

    Loved this blog. Some great examples – inc. designs I haven’t come across yet. Y.

  2. Ann Marie Wall says:

    Thanks, Simon.

    These are so delightful. I am pleased to learn of the Moravian Brethren connection.

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