Bleached Esparto

$8.60 per pound
  • Buy 15 for $7.95 each and save 7.6%
  • Buy 45 for $7.35 each and save 14.5%

Buy 1-14 pounds for $8.60 per pound

Buy 15-44 pounds for $7.95 per pound

Buy 45 pounds or more for $7.35 per pound

This esparto has been bleached, but it's more of a warm straw color. It is in sheet form and can be processed easily in a kitchen blender or other form of mixer if a Hollander beater is unavailable.

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Esparto grass, botanically known as stipa tenacissima L., is a perennial grass, commonly grown in north Africa and southern Europe and was a common papermaking fiber in Great Britain in the 19th century.  The fibers are short, making it easy to form a good sheet and a good choice for watermarking. It also makes a fairly dense, bulky sheet, resistant to shrinking.  It is known for its good inking properties and is great for letterpress printing.

Our esparto is processed in a pulp mill in Spain where it is partially beaten and pressed into sheets called half stuff.

Esparto is in sheet form and sold by the pound. Each sheet measures about 25" x 31" and weighs about .75 lb. However we may cut sheets to fit more easily into boxes for shipping.