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Do you know what gut ta per cha (getah percha) is?
« on: October 17, 2009, 10:18:37 AM »
(Guttapercka, kuttaperkka)

We were discussing the heads of dolls in old days and there was some difficulties with this material and books were giving only that it was used to golfbolls or something like that.

I knew that the material was used to make heads of dolls, probably whole dolls.

Do you know what material this is?

It is a rubber substance delivered from latex of certain tropical trees.

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Re: Do you know what gut ta per cha (getah percha) is?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2009, 11:36:42 AM »
Gutta Percha in English.

Gutta-percha (Palaquium) is a genus of tropical trees native to Southeast Asia and northern Australasia, from Taiwan south to the Malay Peninsula and east to the Solomon Islands. It is also an inelastic natural latex produced from the sap of these trees, particularly from the species Palaquium gutta. Chemically, gutta-percha is a polyterpene, a polymer of isoprene, or polyisoprene, specifically (trans-1,4-polyisoprene).

The word 'gutta-percha' comes from the plant's name in Malay, getah perca, which translates as "percha sap".