byssus (sea silk) rare material; chiaro vigo, last master seamstress


This article (with embedded video) features our last surviving sea silk master seamstress from Italy, Chiaro Vigo. “Byssus doesn’t belong to me, but to everyone,” Vigo asserts. “Selling it would be like trying to profit from the sun or the tides.”  Learn more on this astonishing master and the history of her sacred legacy in the Sardinian island of Sant’Antioco (2017)

Gratitude to Sacha Stone for researching and submitting this resource.

Photo courtesy of Dawn Sebti

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