Friday, January 13, 2012
An intriguing new fabric
For those of you who are constantly wondering "what can I possibly get Pam for her birthday?" have a gander at this.
It's a cloth cape, covered in embroidery, and made entirely out of spider silk. The yellow, almost egg-yolk shade is its natural colour, and it took millions of spiders (and 80 human workers) over four years to make it.
What kind of spiders would these be, I hear you asking. Spiders the size of your hand, I reply with an involuntary shudder.
It is to go on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London if you want to have a closer look. That is to say the fabric, not the spiders, who are now back to cavorting and gorging on flies and small children in Madagascar.
Listen to an interview here.
Watch a slide show here.
And there's a longer article here.
Maybe next time I'm tempted to smack one of the little devils with a rolled up magazine I'll capture it and put it to work for me.