10 March, 2011

15th C Gold and Silver-wrapped Handspun

Recently got a close look at gold and silver handspun from the fifteenth century, embroidered in a couple of ecclesiastical textiles.  The metal was beaten and cut in strips, then wrapped around a fabric handspun yarn core.  Places were worn away, allowing you to see the workmanship.  The time and skill involved doesn't bear thinking about.

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