Gold braid isn't just a military status symbol. Increasingly it is a tool demanded by fashion manufacturers, says Leoni Draht one of Europe's foremost producers of these trimmings. The company dates back to the l6th century when its Huguenot founder set up a workshop for the production of metallic decorations in the city of Lyon - then, as now, famous for the weaving of fine silk fabrics, a particular skill of the Huguenot community.