“There is a certain madness in launching into something like this,” says Simon Peers.
He and Nicholas Godley worked with a team of garment makers and about 1.2 million spiders to craft the V&A’s latest exhibit: a shawl and cape made from spider silk.
The garments took several years to make. Golden orb-weaver spiders from Madagascar were milked (silked?) daily to produce the fibres of the cloth. No dyes or treatments were employed: that striking golden colour is the natural hue of the silk. The resulting garments are both lighter and stronger than equivalents made from normal silk.