Japanese Thread

Reels of Japanese thread. Reels of Japanese thread.

A Japanese thread is a form of metal thread. There are two basic types. The first is made from gilded paper cut into long, narrow strips, which are normally couched down onto the ground material. The second form uses a similar strip of gilded paper, but this time it is wrapped around a fibre or thread core. Again, it is often couched down onto the ground fabric. Both forms have been used for hundreds of years.

Japanese thread originated in Japan, but was made available and used in Europe by the nineteenth century.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 4 September 2016).


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