An exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is showcasing the world’s largest pieces of cloth made from spider silk, including a cape.
Simon Peers, left, and Nicholas Godley stand beside Bianca Gavrilas as she shows off a cape made from the silk of the golden orb spider.Reportedly several years in the making, the pieces (which include a shawl and cape) on display are made from spider silk and Simon Peers and Nicolas Godley, who worked with the garment makers, say it took approximately 1.2 million spiders to make the entire exhibition.
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum put on display a remarkable cape woven from silk extracted from about 1.2 million female spiders in the highlands of Madagascar, an island off Africa’s southeastern coast. The project was the work of English textile expert Simon Peers and U.S. designer Nicholas Godley. For three years, dozens of workers collected spiders every morning and harnessed them 24 at a time into special “milking” contraptions that allowed workers to extract their silk. The museum notes that it takes about 23,000 extractions to create one ounce of silk thread.To produce the stunning garments, Madagascar golden orb-weaver spiders were milked daily in order to produce enough fibers for the clothing. The golden color is all natural and no treatments or dyes were used in the making of the apparel. The entire display showcases the world’s largest pieces of cloth made from spider silk and includes background material and a short film revealing the spider silk making process.Godley is an entrepreneur who met Peers, an art historian and textile expert, in Madagascar. The Golden Orb spider is quite common in the region and has silken threads that are stronger and more durable than fibers from other types of species that can be “silked”.
Godley and Peer have a workshop in Madagascar that has several hand-powered machines with 24 female spiders in each. Handlers pull and spool strands from each spider’s multiple spinnerets. The spiders are eventually released, unharmed.Peers says, “It’s like an invisibility cloak because you can’t fell spider silk. If we hadn’t made the cape, this silk would be webs in the wind. That’s part of the magic. It’s something so ephemeral and yet somehow we’ve managed to capture it.”The golden orb spider (Nephila madagascariensis) spins a unique silk, naturally gold in color. Last week, it made a memorable debut in the fashion world.The silk produced by the golden orb spider has a sunny yellow hue.The Golden Spider Silk exhibition is taking place at the Victoria and Albert Museum from January 15 through June 5 in room 17a. Admission is free.
A man in Thailand Married a dead girlfriend to fulfill his promise of love.
29-year old Sarinya Kamsook and her 28-year-old boyfriend, Chadil Deffy, were to be married this year. Sarinya Kamsook unfortunately died in a car crash, just day before the big event, Deffy decided to go on with their wedding as planned and married her.Deffy and Sarinya had been together for 10 years, before they finally decided to settle down. They had postponed the wedding several times, due to busy schedules and the fact that Deffy wanted to complete his education before he got married.Chadil Deffy maried his girlfriend ,Sarinya Kamsook at her funeralSarinya was involved in a car crash, leaving her severely injured. She still could have been saved with timely medical attention. However, the doctors made her wait for 6 hours due to an overcrowded ICU instead of transferring her to another hospital. During this time, she succumbed to her injuries and passed away.During her funeral in Surin, Thailand, Chadil Duffy placed a ring on his deceased bride’s finger. It thus turned out a wedding/funeral ceremony, one of the rare events in the world.Deffy placing a wedding ring on her finger.Deffy kissing the forehead of his girlfriend’s corpse
On the 4th of January 2012, in Buddhist ceremony, Deffy married the corpse of his girlfriend. The event took place in Surin, a city in northern Thailand.
During the ceremony, he expressed his devotion and deep love for Sarinya. Several friends and relatives attended the wedding, and it was even aired on national television in Thailand.
The story, along with pictures from the wedding has now become an internet sensation, sparking several debates.
A new website has been launched to help broken-hearted lovers cash in on undesired presents from their relationships that have gone sour.
Annabel Acton, 28, who has created this website - neverlikeditanyway.com, was apparently inspired by her own miserable break-up with her boyfriend five days before Christmas while living together on the Lower East Side.
Annabel Acton, 28, who has created this websiteEncouraged by her friends, the Australian-born Acton decided to set up a kind of eBay for bitter brides and disgruntled grooms and other broken-hearted, the New York Post reported.All this pathetic 'Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all' was sappy. I wanted something spunky," she said.
"I wanted it to be irreverent like 'Sex in the City,' or like what would happen if Beyonce got dumped, what would she do about it.Encouraged by her friends, the Australian-born Acton decided to set up a kind of eBay for bitter brides and disgruntled grooms and other broken-hearted, the New York Post reported.All this pathetic 'Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all' was sappy. I wanted something spunky," she said.
"I wanted it to be irreverent like 'Sex in the City,' or like what would happen if Beyonce got dumped, what would she do about it.Website helps jilted lovers discard unwanted gifts from bad relationships"They need to move on and not cry in a pile of tissues, eating ice cream."
The sellers are required to post the "real world" price of the item, the discounted "break-up" price, a photo of the item, and have to blog about their break-up.
Tara Jackson, 25, a product-development consultant from Lower East Side, disposed of a piece of jewellery within a week.
She said that she loved the diamond bracelet her long-time boyfriend gifted her a few years ago, but after he dumped her, it simply had to go.
"I would kill myself if I ran into him and I was wearing it," she said.
After selling the 500 dollars bracelet for 230 dollars, she felt she had taken a bit of revenge.
"So in a way, the site was me getting the last laugh," she said, calling the Web site a "gathering of the sisterhood," although guys are also on it," she added.
Happy 48th birthday, Michelle Obama! While the first lady has been known to rock everything from dramatic, fashion-forward Jason Wu gowns to Narciso Rodriguez silk ensembles, she's also a fan of affordable fashion. In recent years, she's donned bright J. Crew sweaters, colorful H&M dresses and trendy Asos.com printed shirts.
We're celebrating Michelle's special day by looking back at some of our favorite looks from the past year:Michelle Obama is ready to do any experiments, if they do not go beyond her own personal style. The combination of bright colors and monochrome outfits, colorful prints and shiny textures, the style of 60th and luxurious evening wear - all made a special style of Michelle Obama. She has managed to become one of the most stylish women of our time, while choosing his main criterion for self-restraint, which miraculously did not become a hindrance to her love for all the bright and unusual."For me fashion is fun, and it’s supposed to help you feel good about yourself," the first lady told Women's Health in 2009. "I think that’s what all women should focus on: what makes them happy and feel comfortable and beautiful. I wear what I love. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don’t. I’m fine with that.”