Written communication goes back centuries and so does the history of the materials used for writing. Historians surmise that the main factors that led to written communication was the ability of the written word to cross the barriers of time and space. Written messages could accurately be sent to far off lands as well as read centuries later. Thus the search for long-lasting stationery led to the development of the Egyptian parchment, the papyrus and finally to the invention of tree-bark based paper. Closer home, Indian texts recorded on parchments made from palm leaves have survived till today.
The history of bookbinding is primarily the history of the ornamentation of book covers. The first known instance of bookbinding dates back to 100 BCE in India. Religious sutras were written on palm leaves and bound with twine. Leather binding goes back to circa 400 AD. The earliest example is an edition of Acts of the Apostles written in Coptic. The book’s cover is adorned with a crux ansata flanked by two peacocks. Before the invention of printing, bookbinding was done largely by monks, who prepared the books for further embellishment by goldsmiths and jewelers.As years progressed bookbinding gradually moved from full leather bound to quarter leather bound, to cloth and finally to modern-day paperback binding.
Today, in spite of modern technology, no one can deny the magical charm of a handwritten letter or a book bound by hand. Natsy by Design invites you to slow down and relive the joy of writing. Lose yourself in a variety of hand-crafted bound diaries, notebooks, pens and other stationery and make your indelible mark in history.