A Spider Shawl

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City.  It was purely for fun and for soaking up art.  We visited the Met, the Guggenheim, and MOMA.  The Guggenheim had a special Kandinsky exhibit of over 200 pieces, so I was in heaven, having seen a Kandinsky exhibit in London a couple of years ago with “only” 120 pieces.

A friend posted an interesting piece on Facebook that I just had to check out, about something on exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in NYC.  It is a beautiful, glowing amber shawl made entirely of Golden Orb spider silk.  If you can decipher the description in the photos, it’s worth reading.  It took 80 people four years to make this shawl.  Golden Orb spiders tend to eat each other in captivity, making the whole idea a real challenge. I tried to take a close up of the fringe so you can get an idea of the delicacy of the threads.  Apparently, the GO web is stronger than steel and can stretch.  I wonder if Spanx knows about this?!!

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