Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Chiara Vigo - The Last Weaver of Marine Silk

If the ancients went in search of the golden fleece then it was to find the precious beard of the shellfish Pinna Nobilis
When cleaned and combed these filaments (used by the shellfish to anchor it on rocks) provided the expensive golden thread used for weaving and embroidery.
One woman now, Chiara Vigo in Sardinia, takes up the shuttle from her grandmother to keep this mystery alive - you can see her on Facebook
and watch the You Tube clip below to see her work from collecting the fibres, through carding and spinning, then watch her weave the ultimate cloth. This work she has dedicated as an altar cloth.

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