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In addition to a variety of types of gold jewelry, gold has often been used in the creation of clothing. Gold is mentioned in the book of Exodus in the Bible in a description of woven fabric and it is also described in both the Iliad and the Odyssey in depictions of textiles.
Alexander the Great is believed to have seen robes of gold and purple on Eastern nobles. Later Roman writings refer to clothing being woven with gold thread. During the Middle Ages in Europe, church leaders and nobility used gold thread and embroidery on their clothing and certain ornamental decorations. In fact, historians believe that the use of gold in clothing was carried from the east to the west.
Most gold used in modern clothing is for military or religious use. Gold embroidery and thread can also be found in theater costumes. No matter how gold is used in today's manufacture of cloth and clothing, the actual amount of the metal contained in the thread is very minute. Generally a troy ounce of gold can make about 1,500 yards of gold thread.
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