For my own collection of vintage-style wedding dresses, I spent aeons of time sourcing the finest original laces, silks and satins from around the world. But this is something I have never seen...
|Sea silk: light as air, and golden as sunlight.|
|The Pinna Nobilis clam, in the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean.|
|The remarkable golden threads of sea silk, ancient fabric of kings.|
|Chiara carefully harvests the threads in the early mornings, without harming the clams.|
|Chiara gifts the thread to anyone who asks her help, bringing good fortune and fertility.|
|The gift of good fortune: a baby's gown is embroidered with the precious threads.|
|Chiara passes on her skills, teaching others each evening to create the sea silk fabric.|
|Light and golden, the sea silk naturally glows in sunlight.|
|Gleaming in the Sardinian sun, the sea silk is woven to a traditional pattern.|
"Weaving the sea silk is what my family has been doing for centuries," Chiara says. "The most important thread, for my family, was the thread of their history, their tradition."
|Chiara Vigo on her home island of Sant'Antioco, Sardinia.|
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Photos with thanks to Andrea Pasquali, Kosta Ladas and Luigi Garavaglia