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Vintage 24k Gold Couching Thread Wrapped Around Silk ( Early 1920's)

Vintage 24k Gold Couching Thread Wrapped Around Silk ( Early 1920's)

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Overview

  • Vintage Supply from the 1920s
  • Weight: 2.5 oz. skein oz
  • Craft type: Crewel, Crochet, Knitting, Weaving & tapestry
  • Yarn weight: 1 Fingering & Sock
  • Number of skeins: 12
  • Art yarn: Yes
  • Organic: No
  • Hand painted or dyed: No
  • Primary fiber: Silk
  • Favorited by: 165 people
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Description

This is a very thick thread that is great for couching, outlining, which is then tacked down to the fabric by a much finer thread.. This heavy thread has only 500 meters in this 2.50z. skein. Check our samples listing for a sample of this thread.

Our gold, silver and platinum threads were made in the 1920's by silk houses in Japan. The finest weaving using these threads were produced in a section of Kyoto known as Nishijin.

The precious metal threads are extremely rare and are only available when an old silk house goes out of business. Even then, they might not have any of these rare threads in their inventory.

I first acquired the threads in 2002. I have not seen them since, until my buyer in Japan contacted me and said that an old silk house was closing and that they had advertised some of the precious metal threads as part of their inventory. I gave him the go ahead.

He was able to purchase most of what was being sold (at auction) and I was happy until I learned the price. Realizing that it might be another ten years before I saw them again at an even higher price, I took a deep breath and paid for them.

I have tried to keep the prices reasonable. I hope you will understand that while 24k gold and silver are pricey, platinum is even more so.

It's hard to believe but the 24k gold, pure silver and platinum were hand wrapped by young children around a single silk thread. A one ounce skein measures 3,300 feet long! Tiny finger had to move very quickly to accomplish the task.

I apologize for the high prices on some of the skeins ask you to realize the age and the cost of the metals.

Despite their age, the thread is still strong and usable. I hope you will appreciate them as much as I do.

HOW IT WAS MADE: AND WHAT IT WAS MADE OF:

After eight years of research I have finally learned how they were made and what they are made of. Although it only deepens the mystery. The silk thread which is the base was coated (laminated) with silver. Once the silver application was complete the thread was placed in a vat of silver oxide and then 24k gold was electroplated onto the silver. The thread, when analysed shows it to be primarily composed of silver. The quantity of 24k gold is far less than that of the silver, but because it is the only metal showing and resists wear or fading, we feel justified as listing it as 24k gold thread. I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around the concept of applying metal to thread.

Return policy. Unless agreed upon before purchase, returns are not accepted but may be used for store credit
This is a very thick thread that is great for couching, outlining, which is then tacked down to the fabric by a much finer thread.. This heavy thread has only 500 meters in this 2.50z. skein. Check our samples listing for a sample of this thread.

Our gold, silver and platinum threads were made in the 1920's by silk houses in Japan. The finest weaving using these threads were produced in a section of Kyoto known as Nishijin.

The precious metal threads are extremely rare and are only available when an old silk house goes out of business. Even then, they might not have any of these rare threads in their inventory.

I first acquired the threads in 2002. I have not seen them since, until my buyer in Japan contacted me and said that an old silk house was closing and that they had advertised some of the precious metal threads as part of their inventory. I gave him the go ahead.

He was able to purchase most of what was being sold (at auction) and I was happy until I learned the price. Realizing that it might be another ten years before I saw them again at an even higher price, I took a deep breath and paid for them.

I have tried to keep the prices reasonable. I hope you will understand that while 24k gold and silver are pricey, platinum is even more so.

It's hard to believe but the 24k gold, pure silver and platinum were hand wrapped by young children around a single silk thread. A one ounce skein measures 3,300 feet long! Tiny finger had to move very quickly to accomplish the task.

I apologize for the high prices on some of the skeins ask you to realize the age and the cost of the metals.

Despite their age, the thread is still strong and usable. I hope you will appreciate them as much as I do.

HOW IT WAS MADE: AND WHAT IT WAS MADE OF:

After eight years of research I have finally learned how they were made and what they are made of. Although it only deepens the mystery. The silk thread which is the base was coated (laminated) with silver. Once the silver application was complete the thread was placed in a vat of silver oxide and then 24k gold was electroplated onto the silver. The thread, when analysed shows it to be primarily composed of silver. The quantity of 24k gold is far less than that of the silver, but because it is the only metal showing and resists wear or fading, we feel justified as listing it as 24k gold thread. I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around the concept of applying metal to thread.

Return policy. Unless agreed upon before purchase, returns are not accepted but may be used for store credit

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********** MOST of our silk fabric is almost over 50 years old and some MAY have age spots or water stains. Most of our fabric is in great condition, but every piece is from a re-constructed kimono.

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