The Sponge Divers of Greece

I read this article on The Alk3R Post, a cool blog which always posts interesting things. These sponge divers were a particular breed of men, very brave, and very famous in Greece. I have some of these sponges – in the sea they look black, and have to be treated and bleached to reach their final form.

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Most sponge that we use today are synthetic, but in the old days sponge was collected from the sea bed. Some of the finest-quality sea sponge, a jelly-like marine creature with a body full of pores, can be found in the warm waters of southeastern Mediterranean.

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6 thoughts on “The Sponge Divers of Greece

  1. When we first went to Greece, in the mid-1970s, one of the first things we bought were real sponges. In London, they were only used by the wealthy, but there in Greece, we could buy them for a fraction of the price. Sad that many had to work so hard, and others even die, to feed that trade.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I still have a sponge I bought on a long, long ago visit to Santorini in the mid 1980s. I have looked after it carefully, and it is STILL in excellent condition. I think an artificial one would have disintegrated by now…

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