Block - what style Embroidery or Gold Work
Although a plain front velvet slipper is unassumingly perfect for the intended wearer, the fine work of embroidery is not to be overlooked, and can be appreciated on the vast majority of our Slipper Collection. The technique is called “Gold Work”. It is thought to have originated in China and spread westwards along the silk route to the Middle East and Europe. There are a number of stitching techniques, but it specifically involves a very fine filament of gold or silver wire, which is tightly wound around a metal spike. This creates a long “spring” with a hollow centre. This particular embroidery technique can only be done by hand as each “bead” is cut and stitch specifically to create each design.