Coptic books


This book form was invented by the Coptic monks in Egypt, back in the 10th & 11th centuries. Churches were built mainly underground due to the heat, and because trees were scarce, paper was also scarce. Books were constructed from vellum and sinew, and the covers were huge pieces of wood, and even metal. So a different kind of binding had to be used.

With Coptic books, the covers are separate, and attached to the pages with chain and kettle stitches.

If you are interested in making one yourself, check out my tutorial in my Etsy shop.

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