A binding with a fore-edge flap

An Oriental type of alum leather binding with a fore-edge flapping element on it’s right side. Typically bound without raised bands and without a sewing frame. Important feature of this type of bindings are boards made of paper. A natural linen cloth was used for the lining of the inner part of the cover. The headbands are woven on the core made of alum-tanned leather stripe, and quite long tails  of it were left to lean on the cardboard. The same alum-tanned leather is used for the binding.

This particular type of binding represents the fusion of Oriental and Western traditions of binding, as a result of a specific cultural context of Iberian Peninsula where main bookbinders at that time were members of Jewish and Arab communities.

The binding was made during the course “Archeology of bindings” held on 2nd – 4th of June of 2016 in Barcelona.