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PROCESS
High quality Japanese metallics are traditionally made by laminating sheets of gold or silver to hand-made paper, shredding the paper, and then wrapping that paper around a silk core. The gilded paper, which is made from long-fiber mulberry root, may also be used flat in the weave.

In more modern times, the gold may be vaporized and essentially electroplated to the substrate, sometimes a synthetic, which is then wrapped around the silk.

To the far right you will find three categories: the gold threads described above; threads referred to as urushi, which are low grade gold, other metal alloys, or lacquer on paper; and the fabrics woven with these precious threads. These come from the prestigious weaving houses of Kyoto and are all very high quality.
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The sheets are then shredded into thread-thick bands and wrapped around a silk-thread core.
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Bits of gold are rolled flat into sheets and laminated to hand-made washi paper.