Friday, 30 March 2012




















On my way home tonight I nipped into the V&A and discovered a cape made from the golden silk of one million spiders ...

Just thought you'd like to know.

I was slightly freaked last night by the thought of 8,000,000 spider legs but there's more here, here and here for those with the stomach to read about spider-milking machines.   

9 comments:

Magic Bean said...

I did need to know. Thank you. Have a lovely weekend, Ax

Sue said...

I needed to know too. I also need to know how they know it was a million spiders.

Sue said...

Just watched the video. How absolutely fascinating. At first glance I assumed it was a piece of 18th century embroidery.

Mystica said...

How on earth did it come from Madagascar to Britain? This was fascinating

kristina said...

Such a truly amazing color. K x

Darlene said...

A fascinating textile but with a bit of an eek! factor.

mary said...

Sue, I've added a few links if you really want to know about spider-milking machines. (And it isn't April 1 until tomorrow!)
Mystica, it's only on loan so it will be going back to Madagascar which only seems fair.
Darlene... and they bite!
Kristina, it is exquisite. I only came upon it by chance as the colour caught me eye as I headed for the door.
Hello, Magic Bean, nice to meet you!

Toffeeapple said...

I've read about this on another blog, it rather freaked me out...

Sue said...

Thanks Mary, not sure I want to know about spider-milking machines though.