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A Spectacular & Extremely Rare Textile Made From Spider-Silk

A spectacular and extremely rare textile, woven from golden-colored silk thread produced by more than one million spiders in Madagascar is now on display at the American Museum of Natural History in the Grand Gallery.

source/image(PrtSc): American Museum of Natural History 

Drawing on the legacy of a French missionary, Jacob Paul Camboué, this contemporary textile measures 11 feet by 4 feet and took four years to make using a painstaking technique.

source/image(PrtSc): American Museum of Natural History 

It took 80 people five years to collect the spiders, and the naturally golden hand-woven brocaded textile took over four years to create.

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The four metre long woven textile was made from the silk of more than a million female Golden Orb spiders collected in the highlands of Madagascar.

The earliest recorded weave using the silk of spiders dates from 1709, made by a Frenchman, Francois-Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire, who successfully produced gloves and stockings and supposedly a full suit of clothes for King Louis XIV.