I’ll Take Three


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.
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.