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Goldwork, a traditional hand embroidery technique of working with metal threads, is believed to date back to Biblical days and traditional methods are still used for religious and ceremonial embroidery.
The term Goldwork encompasses a range of different metal threads including silver, copper and a variety of coloured wires as well as gold wires.
Goldwork is classified as a surface embroidery technique; the gold threads (purl, passing, wires) are stitched onto the surface of the fabric by a second thread, traditionally silk. The ends of the threads are pulled through to the back of the embroidery and secured.

 

Gold work