In 1492, production began on the paper mill at Arches, a small village near Epinal in Vosges, France. Arches very quickly became the favorite paper for artists and letter writing men. In 1826, gluing with resin became the preferred method as it was cheaper and easier than the traditional gluing with gelatin. However, Arches chose to continue with the traditional approach of gelatin. This decision has helped to preserve the unique features of the Arches paper.