National Geographic : 1915 Nov
Photo and copyright by Underwood & Underwood ACRES OF OYSTER-BEDS AT CANCALE, FRANCE Cancale is a town of 7,000 inhabitants, set up above the waves, but living by the sea. Its leading industry is oyster farming, and those of Cancale enjoy a wide reputation throughout France for their delicious flavor. The oyster-beds cover a total area of 430 acres and are an example of what the intensive cultivation of the bivalve can produce. a fine silken apron of delicate lavender, green, pink, or cream, exquisitely em broidered. But it is the bigouden, or head-dress, that is most remarkable-a tight brown straw casque over the fore head and crown, broad black velvet ear muffs and bands, and a touch of filmy white. Even the littlest children are in cos- tume on pardon days, and the tinier they are the droller they look, though not so droll as papa, with his baggy gray or blue trousers, short jacket, embroidered cleri cal-style vest, and shovel beaver, with two long black velvet ribbons dangling down his back. There are other cos tumes in Brittany which are prettier, but none so characteristic.