In Madagascar, an island country off the coast of Africa, lives some of the most unique spiders in the world. These
Golden Orb Weaver Spiders can make golden silk.
A few years ago, Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley noticed how the silk produced by these spiders were different from anything they had ever seen.
They wanted to create material from this golden silk, using old fashioned weaving techniques.
It was going to be a challenge for Simon and Nicholas because only the females could produce this golden color during the winter months.
Every morning, a group of locals would collect the spiders and bring them to the factory. Simon and Nicholas used a hand power machine to pull the silk strands out of the spinnerets.
Once they got the silk, the spiders were released back into their natural habitat.
It took anywhere from 96 to 960 strands of silk before they could weave with it.
Their first creation in 2009, was a beautiful, gold shawl. It was 11 ft. by 4 ft.
The next piece of clothing they made was a golden cape that was embroider with images of spiders, plants and flowers.
It took a total of 6,000 to make this cape.
That is a lot of dedication for one article of clothing.
It is beautiful though!