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Byssus, silk from the sea.

Dina Stander

" The bracelet is made of an ancient thread, known as byssus, which is mentioned on the Rosetta stone and said to have been found in the tombs of pharaohs."

The world is full of interesting things to learn and it is my experience that each day brings a gem. Today I've stayed home and cozy waiting out an April snowstorm. Here, via the BBC, is the precious, rare gem today offers: an ancient art, passed from mother to daughter, spinning golden silk from the sea. It is made from solidified clam spit harvested off the coast of one Sardinian island, and treated with lemon juice, spices, and chanted prayer intoned in a mix of ancient Sardinian dialect and Hebrew

" Silk is usually made from the cocoons spun by silkworms - but there is another, much rarer, cloth known as sea silk or byssus, which comes from a clam. Chiara Vigo is thought to be the only person left who can harvest it, spin it and make it shine like gold."

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33691781


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