If you live in London, I encourage you to drop by the V&A to check out two garments, a shawl and a cape, woven entirely from spider silk. 1.2 million Golden Orb spiders were employed to create the beautiful cape on display. The cape itself is not dyed; the golden color is the natural hue of the spider’s silk. The garment took over 3 years to produce and 80 people to weave and embroider.
The material is extremely strong and incredibly light. And as Godley himself describes:
“The cape itself is like an invisibility cloak, you almost wouldn’t know you were wearing it, and it has this mystical, ephemeral quality, just like a spider’s web, but also a permanence.”
via The Economist