Printing of the “Velour” papers

On July 2nd1852 the Zuber factory patented a process to print velvet on paper and fabric.
Better known as flock, this consists of gluing a thin layer of dyed wool onto the base.

The process is as follow:
Once the background is brushed, the printer uses the woodblocks to apply glue. Before it has dried, he sprinkles wool powder through a screen. The pattern made by the glue retains the wool. The paper is then carefully shaken using thin wooden sticks.
This really slow process is reiterated along the drop.

Printing of a damask pattern from the “Baroque” collection in the Velveting workshop.