It’s been awhile since I have posted, because I am having a wonderful time In Italy, staying in Sorrento and visiting Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other interesting Roman sites around the Bay of Naples. (Since this is the first time I’ve tried to post on an iPad, I’m not sure how this will look, since I don’t seem to be able to do quite everything that I can on my laptop.) But as it turns out, I am running into a few textile-related things here that are turning out to be interesting.

Apparently the area around Sorrento is noted for its linen–both in clothing and in table and bed linens.  The clothing was very much in evidence in the little shops along the market streets, which is where today’s photos were taken.  

And we may be getting to visit a master embroiderer’s studio later in the week.  Yesterday, in a talk about local customs, we heard about the vast quantity of embroidered table and bed linens that a young woman is supposed to accumulate before she gets married for her “corredo,” which is sort of a hope chest on steroids.  I’ll write more about that after the visit to the embroiderer.

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