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Brief Published: 1 Aug 2011

Spider-Web Shawl to Debut at the V&A

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The largest garment in the world made entirely from spider-web silk will be exhibited at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum next year.

The 4m-long shawl is made entirely from the silk produced by more than a million female Golden Orb spiders, and has taken almost five years to complete. The shawl was made in Madagascar – the native home of Golden Orb spiders – using the craftsmanship of more than 80 artisans in the construction process.

The hand-woven textile is naturally golden in colour, and will be displayed alongside a woven cape, also made from the spider-silk fibres, which is currently still being made in Madagascar. Both garments will go on public display for the first time at the V&A in January 2012.

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