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Detail of embroidered cape made of spider silk, made by Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley, 2011

Detail of embroidered cape made of spider silk, made by Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley, 2011

On display at the V&A from January - June 2012 were the world’s largest pieces of cloth made from spider silk. Included were a brocaded shawl made from the silk of more than one million female golden orb-weaver spiders collected in the highlands of Madagascar, as well as a cape which was on public display for the first time.

The first video below shows Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley discussing the complexity of this unique 3 year project. The second video is about the process of creating the cloth itself, from extracting the silk from the spiders, spinning the threads and weaving to embroidering the finished piece.









Video: Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley discuss Golden Spider Silk

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Video: Golden Spider Silk: The Process

Event - Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age

Sat 14 May 2016–Sun 13 November 2016

DISPLAY: The 17th-centrury was a period of extraordinary prosperity and artistic output in the Netherlands. Featuring works from the V&A’s outstanding collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings, this display presents masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn, together with the work of lesser-known Golden Age artists.

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