This cape, shown last week, resides in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and is one of two textiles in the world made from the silk of the golden orb spider. It took the efforts of 1.2 million spiders to create this garment. This is the brainchild of English textile expert Simon Peers and U.S. designer Nicholas Godley. In the highlands of Madagascar it took 4 years for dozens of workers to collect female spiders every morning, harnessing them 24 at a time into special “milking” devices that allowed workers to extract their silk. The spiders were then released.
They also made a shawl.
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I am both revolted and inspired by this, a dangerous mix.