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Qmono Dress

 

The golden orb-web spider inspired MOIXA designer Denise Mahmud to create her handmade golden web.

A Japanese company has created a dress made of synthetic spider silk.  Appropriately named Spiber, the company made the dress to demonstrate the different ways the material could be used.  

The lightweight, incredibly strong and stretchable artificial fibre called Qmonos was created using synthesized genes which induce bacteria to produce fibroin, the same structural protein found in spider silk.

Spiber's blue dress was no the first garment to be made from spider silk, although theirs is synthetic.  Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley spent three years extracting the silk from the Madagascar golden orb-weaver spiders, the same spider that inspired MOIXA designer Denise Mahmud to create her handmade golden web.  After Peers and Godley extracted the spider silk and spun it into thread, they wove the fabric to create a beautiful embroidered golden shawl.     

Spiber is working on mass-producing the artificial spider silk with hopes of an initial mass production of 10 tons a year.

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