GOFFRATING (embossed paper): An operation to which paper is subjected that involves embossing a decorative design on it. Embossing was an embossing process that was very much in vogue in the eighteenth century to decorate paper, leather, and cloth used for luxury confections that ranged from clothing, furnishings, and gifts, from fans to wallets, powder boxes, caskets, bindings, and armchairs. Often these cards, so inviting in color and design, were used for the entertainment of children who used them to decorate small sets for small theaters, sacred edicolettes, and to give pomp to home cribs.