ITALY: Woolen Togas

At Mantua, cross-legged tailors were busy last week cutting scores of classic Roman togas from wide bolts of the traditional white woolen cloth. To make a toga for a wearer 5 ft. 8 in. tall, they snipped out a flattened semicircle, 17 ft. from tip to tip, and 5 ft. broad at the widest point. After binding the edges the toga was complete, was taken to the Accademia Vergiliana, famed Mantuan university. There, later in the week, arrived august professors from every Italian university; also from Oxford, Cambridge, La Sorbonne and many...

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