Islamic Box Binding

Michael Burke

Islamic box bindings flourished from the 9th – 10th centuries, and enjoyed a brief renaissance in Andalusian Spain during the 15th century. This intriguing structure developed out of the earliest Islamic books and preceded the widespread adoption of the envelope flap binding. These box bindings have wooden boards covered in leather, with extra leather walls to protect and enclose the textblock. Michael will demonstrate the making of a typical Islamic box binding, from the traditional sewing and headbands to the board attachment, and will then show the making of the leather walls.

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