Golden Spider Silk

This exquisitely brocaded, vibrantly coloured shawl and cape are the world’s largest pieces of cloth to be made from spider silk. The silk was painstakingly harvested in the highlands of Madagascar from more than one million female golden orb-weaver spiders.

Watch Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley discuss the complexity of this unique three year project.

Find out about the process of creating the beautiful cloth itself – from collecting the silk from the spiders, spinning the threads and weaving, to embroidering the finished piece.

The shawl and cape were on display at the V&A from January – June 2012.