This cape — which required four years, one-million Malagasy golden orb spiders, and eighty workers to catch and release the two-inch arachnids daily — was commissioned by Nicholas Godley and fabric researcher Simon Peers. Every day, weavers would extract up to 40 yards of silk from a single spider before returning it to the wild. This cloak may not deflect bullets, but it's still a sight to behold. Watch how it was made.
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This cape, which is the largest garment ever woven from spider silk, will be on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum until June 5. Here's a video outlining how such an outlandish garment was created. Anyone else getting flashbacks to a certain cancelled television show about superheroic outerwear?