18 Jan '12, 11pm

View the world's largest garment made from golden spider silk—a gleaming cape five years in the making

View the world's largest garment made from golden spider silk—a gleaming cape five years in the making

Before anyone asks, no, it’s not bulletproof. But that doesn’t mean that the glistening yellow cape—the world’s largest garment made entirely from spider silk —isn’t a massive feat of engineering to marvel at (hint: it is and you should). Now on public display for the first time at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the textile gets its unearthly gleam from the undyed filaments of the golden orb spider, a species of arachnid commonly found in Madagascar . Girl power can be taken literally in this instance: Only the females produce the coveted silk.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/worlds-largest-cape-made-from-go...

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