A Natural Wonder

spidercapeOne of the advantages of having relatives living in exciting cities is the opportunity to visit local museums. The ROM or Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is a good example with its latest special exhibit on… (and here I have to brace myself)… spiders. One display in the exhibit I found of special interest was this cape woven from the web or silk of the golden silk orbweaver spider found in Madagascar. It took Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley 3 years and the silk from over a million orbweaver spiders (yikes!) to make it. This gold color is the natural color of the spider’s silk.

Looking around I see that I’ve a vast collection of spider webs in my house. Wonder if I could make something as grand as this?