One Million Spiders Used To Make Fancy Silk Cloth

Arachnaphobic fashionistas beware (and to be fair, golden silk orb-weaver spiders beware)! What is probably the world’s fanciest textile is made from the silk of more than a million wild spiders.

The rare golden cloth that went on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York recently is the result of seventy people taking four years to collect enough orb-weaver spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar. Another dozen workers then carefully extracted about 80 feet of silk filament from each of the arachnids, resulting in the 11 foot by 4 foot textile which is the only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk in the world.

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Spider silk cloth
Spider silk cloth detail
Golden orb spider used to make spider silk cloth
Detail of spider silk cloth

Chillin Panda via biotron


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