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Hi,I am Deepa from Bangalore,India.I juggle between content writing and teaching computer science . Embroidery is my passion and I can spend hours stitching. I  have been blogging about my embroidery projects at This and that...my random thoughts for the past 7+ years. I hope you enjoy my little space in the blogosphere. Thanks for visiting!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Embroidered fabric from spider silk

Creating fabric from spider's silk - intriguing,isn't it?


(image courtesy V&A Museum)

The technique goes back to about 300 years. A special tool is used to collect silk from female Golden orb spiders and the fabric of bright yellow is woven from it. In case you're wondering if the spiders are killed during the process- no,they are returned to the wild after extracting silk.

This cape is currently on display in Victoria and Albert Museum in London . Admission is free. In case you're somewhere around you could pay a visit.

For those like me who can only watch from afar,there is a lovely video showcasing the creation of this cape which took about 7 years of making and silk from 1.2 million spiders .The fabric is in itself beautiful,but the embroidery - ooh,la,la...
The artistry of the people of Madagascar deserves a salute .
Golden Spider Silk Cape / Exhibitions & Galleries / Happenings / V&A Channel

Enjoy!!

Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa

5 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I saw it on the news one lunch time earlier in the week, it's amazing. The colour is stunning, and the work of all those involved is amazing

neki desu said...

isn't this awe inspiring?

G.AruljothiKarikalan said...

great....

kat said...

Thank you for that Deepa, it was truly fascinating, your blog is a wonderful source of stitchery

Anne said...

Deepa, my husband was in madagascar
and thinking to me, spoke about this project. Crazy!!!tahns for the links!! (for the flowers, it's a surprise knowing my love of colors, but i like the achromatic flowers because it's original!!