It is mentioned on both Roman headstones for women and in the Book of Psalms as a fabric befitting a princess.
The Ancient Greek reference to the Golden Fleece is seen by some as a reference to gold cloth. Cloth of gold
has been popular for ecclesiastical use for many centuries. Under Henry VII of England, its use was reserved
to royalty and higher levels of nobility. It is also used today by companies such as Charvet for neckwear.
Few extant examples have survived in Roman provincial tombs. Later producers of cloth of gold include the
Byzantine Empire and Medieval Italian weavers, particularly in Genoa, Venice and Lucca. In the 14th century,
cloth of gold made in China was called marramas. A similar cloth of silver was also made. It is still made
in India and Europe today.