Egyptian Coptic bindings
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The Coptic stitch is a non-adhesive, hand-sewn binding method introduced during the fourth century A.D. in ancient Egypt by the Copts and followers of the Christian Coptic church. Various forms of this stitching technique have remained popular for over 1,500 years and are still in use today.
This is one of the most involved books I make. It takes 10-15 hours to create the covers, hand cut, fold, and assemble hundreds of pages for the text block (inner pages), and sew the binding.
The beauty of the coptic stitch book is obvious, but the unseen beauty is that it opens completely flat, which is wonderful for writers and artists. Each one is a one-of-a-kind work, and what I love the most is that, as an object, it's a combination of modern and ancient, yet still supremely useful. Hand made books and the act of writing (not typing or texting) connect us to a disappearing, but important way of recording and sharing our story.