Many scholars consider Italy the center of the Renaissance. Venice, Genoa, Florence, Milan, Siena, the Papal States and Naples held the majority of the land in Italy.
Italy Map Work
Here is a map similar to the one which was colored.
The Venetians were expert ship builders, sailors and merchants. Fabric, pepper and alum were important products controlled by trade passing through Venice. Pepper from the east, was used to flavor foods, while alum, also from the east, was used as a mordant to set dye when coloring fabrics. Today alum has many uses and can be found in deodorant, vaccines, flame retardants, modeling clay and skin whitener. Both Genoa and Venice created beautiful dyed fabrics which were traded with the Ottoman Empire. Many of the fabrics resembled Persian carpets.
Therefore, the children made their own Venetian fabrics.
White Satin Fabric
First the fabric was cut into long skinny strips (scarves) and the edges were surged.
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