The yarn of water, oldest yarn in the world
by Elisa Prete
We have repeatedly heard of flax and hemp as ancient yarns, there are testimonies of flax already in prehistoric times, hemp was used a lot during the Punic Wars for the sails of the most presting sailboats. But there is another yarn that is slowly and preciously handed down from generation to generation: it is the yarn of water.
The yarn of water is based on the filaments that secrete the Pinna nobilis, which are large molluscs also known as castanets that are knotts at the seabed. The fine linen, called the water line, is precious, very delicate, imperceptible to the touch, strong, luminous and very rare. Gold colour has been used for precious fabrics for the sacred vestments of the popes and the regal garments of princes, kings and emperors. It is named in 46 passages of the Bible as the fabric of King Solomon and Queen Hecuba, most likely the first to work it was the chalgods of Mesopotamia roughly 7000 years ago.
Currently there is a sole holder of the secret of the research of the fine and its workmanship and it is clear Vigo of the island of Sant'Antioco in Sardinia and perhaps also in Taranto.
The same clear tells of the magic of the fine woven to those who visit them. She collects it with patience and dedication and takes years to realize a small fabric that has inestimable values, but the fabric of water wire is not for sale, the value is the soul that belongs to it, the tradition, the dedication and patience and the heritage of a Knowledge that no one else has, to the point that in 2005 his complete art was declared by UNESCO as Intangible Heritage of mankind. Its achievements are housed in the most important museums in the world such as the Louvre and the British Museum.


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