An unbelievable piece in our backyard brought to our attention by NetJim (itsaboutrugs.com)!
A rare and unusual textile measuring 4' x 11' was created using special undyed silk supplied by one million spiders from Madagascar. Approximately 70-80 individual contributed to the making of this textile using a highly complex, yet fairly new (one hundred year old) weaving technique.
The cloth took approximately 4 years to create, and is currently on display in New York's American Museum of Natural History. We're going to take a look at in person on November 15th, and also catch the Museum's "Traveling the Silk Road" Exhibit as well, which opens on the 14th thru August 15th 2010.
Above: Gigantic Spiders of Madagascar - can you imagine obtaining silk from a million of these??!?
Above: Undyed Golden spider silk being prepped for looming.
Above: The woven textile. A highly complex style of weaving apparently only created 100 years ago.
Be sure to view more images, the interesting history behind silk and this type of weaving as well as a video on the Spider Silk Textile!
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