The leaves of a manuscript might be stitched or unstiched. Usually palm leaves and Bhūrja patras will be bound by a cord that passes through a hole made for the purpose. Even handmade paper are also not stitched.
Daśavaikālika sūtra mentions the following types of Manuscripts.
- Sampuṭa phalaka
Gaṇḍi is a manuscript thickness of which corresponds o its length and appears like slab. The manuscript which is wider in middle is called as Kacchapī. A manuscript with wooden side boards is called as Sampuṭa phalaka. Muṣṭi is a small manuscript which can be held in one’s fist.
In North India the handmade paper manuscripts are termed as Pothī, Potho, Guṭka and Pānāvalī.