Elephant Hide paper

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This paper, also known by its German name Elefantenhaut and the abbreviated name EH, is considered one of the best papers for tessellations. The sheets available now are almost always 110 gsm, but there are actually also rare thicker variants. After folding quite a few sheets coming from different colors and production years, I believe there are differences in the behavior of different batches of the paper, possibly caused by aging and changes in manufacturing process over the years.

As of 2021, only a few colors are manufactured any more. They include shades of brown and beige, there is also ivory and black. While these earth tones are very elegant, they pale (pun intended) compared to the palette that used to be made. More lively colors, coming from older batches, can sometimes be found, but they are rare and expensive.

You can read this paper’s review by Ilan Garibi for more information.

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Woven Triangles Tessellation V

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