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Hand-woven silk brocade, Moravian folk pattern, ecru

Product code 103 08-1001

This cloth of gold is a reproduction of 19th century silk brocade used in Moravian Slovakia folk costumes, or kroj. Hand woven of natural silk, rayon, and metallic thread coated in genuine gold, the fabric is the color of unbleached silk with a woven floral pattern in gold featuring scarlet flowers and green leaves.

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Basic parameters
Width: 88 cm
Color: cream
Content: 30% metallic thread, 30% rayon, 40% silk
Weight (gsm): 272 gsm
Weight (mm): 63 mm
Drape: slightly stiff
Period: 19th century
Horizontal repeat: 22 cm
Vertical repeat: 16.5 cm
Minimum order: 0.2 m
Availability: limited edition
Bulk discount
1 - 9 m
71.51 $ / m
10 - 19 m
67.93 $ / m
20 and more
64.36 $ / m

in stock 21.5 m

71.51 $/m

71.51 $/m without VAT


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Product description

Product description

Until now, this historical kroj fabric was only available in heirloom pieces cut from existing folk costumes – a surprising fact considering that this particular brocade is a basic element of a robust folk costume tradition in the southern Moravian region known as Slovacko, or Moravian Slovakia. Weaving this type of brocade is very technically demanding and this is the first time this fabric has returned to regular production in over a hundred years.

Historical sources reference this folk textile under several different names, which the folklore researcher may have encountered: Zlatohlav, which translates as cloth of gold, the historical term for gold threaded brocades; kupensky, a colloquial term that renders roughly as traders’ brocade, a nod to this textile’s exotic content and origins; ornat, the Czech word for chasuble, a part of the clerical vestments that was typically made of ornate brocades; and, most common among local sources, stromovy brokat, or tree brocade, a descriptive designation for symmetrical florals, usually in gold, with large, contrasting blooms. These mirrored floral motifs were often featured on the vest, or lajblik, of the regional folk costume, where the symmetry of the pattern helps pull the costume together esthetically.

The exact pattern in this reproduction fabric was painstakingly pieced together from multiple folk costume pieces, each of which contained a fragment of the full motif. Surviving vests from historical kroj in Moravian Slovakia served as a primary resource. Similar patterns are also found in nearby Slovakia, particularly the Trnavy and Piestan regions. The original source brocades referenced for this project date to the mid 19th century and were most likely produced by the Viennese textile works of Josef Giani.

This historical brocade reproduction is woven by hand on a Jacquard loom in a blend of pure silk and rayon (for added volume). The pattern is formed of gold-plated metallic thread. The combination of premium materials and heavier weight makes this brocade sturdy but soft, gentle to the touch, and breathable. The gold thread will not tarnish or lose its shine. Reproductions of period brocades such as this are perfect for sewing historical costumes and also bring something special to modern interiors or contemporary fashions.

This brocade has loose threads on the back. We recommend lining it with a natural material such as silk or fine linen. To add stiffness, try silk organza or crepeline.

Hand made

Because this fabric is hand woven and hand designed, there may be slight irregularities in the weave. These tiny imperfections are not considered defects, but rather a natural feature of hand crafting.


We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. In our tests this fabric stood up to gentle hand washing. If you risk hand washing, use lukewarm water and a delicate detergent for woolens; do not wring or squeeze dry; block dry on a flat surface. Dry iron on the back on the lowest setting.


Do your historical reproductions ever repeat?

Rarely! We produce reproductions of historical fabrics as limited editions. We want to guarantee a certain authenticity to all owners of historical costumes and decorations. We recommend that you buy these fabrics while they are in stock, as this is the only way to secure them for your project aside from custom ordering.

What is a limited edition?

Limited editions are fabrics of exceptional quality or patterns that have been designed and produced exclusively under the Sartor brand. As a rule, they do not repeat and are therefore only available while supplies last. Don't miss your chance to own a true original.

What is the smallest amount of fabric I can order?

The minimum fabric order is a length of 20 cm.

Are your historical reproductions suitable for modern use?

Of course! Historical patterns are characterized by high-quality aesthetic workmanship with an emphasis on elegance and harmony, which make them timeless works of art. They are suitable for modern interiors, where they bring an element of originality (try a picture, a pillow). In fashion, they excel in simple, even minimalist, garments, handbags and other accessories.

Do you ship abroad?

Yes. We ship worldwide. The price of shipping is automatically calculated at checkout before payment after you select the country of delivery and the preferred carrier. If you do not find your country in the dropdown list, please contact us. You will find a rough overview of shipping costs in our shipping and payment terms.

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