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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 - Woven Stories: A History of Wool, Cotton, Linen and Silk 2015

Mon 28 September 2015–Mon 07 December 2015

10 WEEK SHORT COURSE: This course will present the stories behind the beautiful textiles displayed in the Museum and include medieval silks and Renaissance velvets, knitted wool, printed cottons, linen suits and merino wool base-layers, ancient Egyptians, merchant seamen, pickpockets, royalty and laundresses.

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