World’s first 24ct gold-coated silk is touted to be the most expensive thread


Wearing gold is not really a new concept. Gold jewelry and accessories have been done for centuries. Making fabric from 24K gold, now that is something of a novelty. Swiss textiles specialists from the research institute EMPA have developed a method to infuse pure gold over silk. The resulting thread can be woven into washable 24K fabric, which is very durable and has a very lustrous appearance. Ten years back, the team started experimenting with silver and polyester thread. Unsatisfied with their results, the team continued to experiment and came up with a plasma coating machine during that time. The experiment was a success, and the textile specialists then moved on to gold. The gold yarn created from this device will not wear off or wash off. Currently, they are planning to market test it with neckties. These ties will be made from 8 gms of pure gold and will retail for $8,500.

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[Gizmag]