• Dina Stander

Spinning golden Byssus, with an ancient Sardinian and Hebrew prayer chanted to the sea:

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 the interwebs offer: 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."

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