I’ll Take Three

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It took over one million spiders to make this silk cape, now on display at the V&A in London.

Working in Madagascar, Simon Peers from the UK and Nicholas Godley from the USA created a hand-operated machine for harvesting silk from the spiders based on a design from over 100 years ago.
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Golden orb spiders were collected from the wild, harnessed to the machine so the silk could be extracted and set free again at the end of each day.

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