24K Gold Thread

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24K Gold Thread

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Vintage from before 2000

Our vintage Japanese gold thread is a link with the past. The thread is comprised of 24k gold foil wrapped around a strand of silk thread. It was made by small children with nimble, deft fingers who wound the gold foil onto the silk thread, but machinery was created in 1910 that could do the job. The precious thread was woven into kimonos and obis (the wide belts used around kimonos. This is how it was made: a single strand of silk thread was laminated with silver, gold was then electroplated onto the silver. This sounds impossible, but that is how it was made and the thread is supple and easily worked.
The gold is only microns thick but despite its age, it is very strong and can be used without fear of breakage. It has been used in jewelry, clothing, embroidery, knitting, crochet, goldwork, needlepoint, religious garments and restoration of artifacts.
What we have of this rare thread is listed, we cannot order more. Occasionally, our representative in Japan finds more thread, usually at auctions when an old silk house closes its door. But that doesn't happen often, what we have is what there is....there is no more.


1.4 Ounces $95.00
Our vintage Japanese gold thread is a link with the past. The thread is comprised of 24k gold foil wrapped around a strand of silk thread. It was made by small children with nimble, deft fingers who wound the gold foil onto the silk thread, but machinery was created in 1910 that could do the job. The precious thread was woven into kimonos and obis (the wide belts used around kimonos. This is how it was made: a single strand of silk thread was laminated with silver, gold was then electroplated onto the silver. This sounds impossible, but that is how it was made and the thread is supple and easily worked.
The gold is only microns thick but despite its age, it is very strong and can be used without fear of breakage. It has been used in jewelry, clothing, embroidery, knitting, crochet, goldwork, needlepoint, religious garments and restoration of artifacts.
What we have of this rare thread is listed, we cannot order more. Occasionally, our representative in Japan finds more thread, usually at auctions when an old silk house closes its door. But that doesn't happen often, what we have is what there is....there is no more.


1.4 Ounces $95.00

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We will refund purchase price if item is returned within one week, only if item was seriously misrepresented, excluding cost of shipping. Return shipping is customer's responsibility. We do allow exchange with another item you find on our etsy site or on our gallery website. If item you recieve is damaged from shipping process, we will refund the item purchased.

Shipping policies

We ship via USPS but will ship via other means if requested.

**** INTERNATIONAL****
The US postal service does not offer international tracking at any sort of reasonable price, so it is *ship at your own risk*....we have shipped many many international packages without trouble, but if it gets lost in customs or whatever I cannot refund you. I am sorry! If you really want a tracking number/insurance you will have to pay quite a bit extra.

Additional policies

********** 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.