Cape made of spider silk, will be presented at the exhibition in Europe


25/01/2012

Unique cape, woven of silk more than a million spiders will be presented for the first time at an exhibition in Europe. On the creation of capes spent four years and the labor of 80 people who took part in the manufacturing process. Every morning, a group of workers was to collect females Golden Spiders Web Spiders the size of a man’s hand, living in the highlands of Madagascar, to get the material they need.

Once the collection has been completed, each spider was placed in a special invention for extracting the spider silk with which the weavers had to remove the silk threads from 24 spiders at a time before releasing them into the wild. One strand of the web 96 made of twisted silk yarn, so, on average, to collect about 29 g of silk, spider requires about 23,000.

Finished fabric of the natural golden color, the length of which reaches four meters high, is one of a kind item that is made in such a labor intensive process. Simon Pearce (Simon Peers) and Nicholas Godley (Nicholas Godley), two ex-pat living in Madagascar, were the initiators and managers. Inspired by the descriptions and illustrations of the 19th century, they began to experiment with spider silk in 2004 in an attempt to revive the forgotten tradition.

Cape will now be on public display at the exhibition at the Museum of Art V & A (Victoria and Albert Museum), in Europe from January 25 to June 5. Commenting on the upcoming exhibition, Mr Pearce said: "We have decided that the most appropriate place to premiere fabric of spider silk in Europe will be an exhibition at the Museum V & A. As far as we know, at the Museum V & A apart from a variety of decorative art objects have never before been presented which -or tracks made of cobwebs. So we’re very pleased and proud to be able to fill up an exhibition of the museum with such a rich and long history, and we hope that we in turn can inspire his act to create unique materials kakih-nibud others . "

The fabric of spider silk was first presented to the public at the Natural History Museum in New York in 2009, where the number of those willing to look for it’s creation has broken all world records in just one day of the exhibition.

In the world known only to a few experiments with spider silk, and no serious attempts to create a fabric of this material was not observed since 1900. The Frenchman, Francois-Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire (Francois-Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire), first demonstrated the possibility of producing tissue of spider silk in 1709. He boiled cocoons, extracting them from the crest of the thread, only to have to sew socks, gloves, and presumably other assorted garments for King Louis XIV.

Last fabric of the web was created in the late 19th century for the International Exhibition in Paris in 1900, but the samples were not kept. New fabric made from natural materials is presented in the form of a cape, decorated with intricate embroidery and patterns.

Original: Dailymail


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