A new cape on display at the V&A Museum in London has been created entirely from the silk of eight-legged arachnids.

 

“The geeks love this,” says designer Nicholas Godley, in a recent Guardian article. Godley, of course, is referring to the Gossamer Cape (pictured above), which shares its name with a World of Warcraft item. But Godley's cape is no fairy tail. After teaming up with art historian and textile expert Simon Peers, who owns a silk spooling device and is based in Madgascar, Godley created the cape from the silk of The Golden Orb spider.

A Victorian & Albert Museum exhibition will showcase the cape this month, as well as the remarkable history of spider-silk weaving.

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