Goldwork is the art of embroidery using metal threads. It isparticularly prized for the way light plays on it. The term"goldwork" is used even when the threads are imitation gold,silver, or copper. The metal wires used to make the threads havenever been entirely gold; they have always been gold-coatedsilver or cheaper metals, and even then the "gold" often containsa very low percent of real gold. Most metal threads are availablein silver and sometimes copper as well as gold; some areavailable in colors as well.Goldwork is always surface embroideryand free embroidery; the vast majority is a form oflaid work orcouching; that is, the gold threads are held onto the surface of thefabric by a second thread, usually of fine silk. The ends of thethread, depending on type, are simply cut off, or are pulledthrough to the back of the embroidery and carefully secured withthe couching thread. A tool called a mellore or a stilleto is used tohelp position the threads and create the holes needed to pullthem throughThe embroidery done with metal wires is calledKalabuttu or jari work.Origin
France- Real gold laces importedfrom France
French gold lace. Vedas and epics referenceshave been made on gold and silver embroidery. Work on silksand satins for nobles ,sultans and royal family members.
There are two types of embroideries:1. Heavy work2. Light work