A process developed in the 19th century which enabled artists to print on delicate papers imported from China. This paper ("Chine") was attached ("collé") to a heavier paper support as it passed through the etching press. This process gave the artist access to greater variety in their etchings; they could add color to the print by choosing a thin paper in a shade that differed from the backing sheet. In early practice, the thin paper was usually the same size as the etching plate but the paper can also be shaped by cutting or tearing to create a print and collage combination.
Return, from Three Poems by Octavio Paz 1988