Back in September Becky created a short blog post about the Golden Orb Spider Silk Tapestry. I was completely fascinated by what I read on the link she provided. I was even more thrilled to find out that this tapestry was on display at the American Museum of Natural History here in NYC.
This past Monday Mary Beth and I made sure we got over to the museum to see it with our own eyes. So here are the pictures that Becky requested I take if I went to see it.
- 11-by-4-foot tapestry made completely of spider silk
- Weavers in Madagascar took four years to make it
- The color is a radiant gold — the natural color of the golden orb-weaving spider
- The silk is extremely strong — but can stretch
- When the silk is woven it sounds like pinging of metallic guitar strings
- The main threads consist of 96 twisted silk lines. The brocaded patterns in the tapestry — stylized birds and flowers — are woven with threads made up of 960 spider silk lines
- Peers says they never broke a single strand, yet the tapestry is as soft as cashmere