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Golden silk orb-weaver Spider

Golden silk orb-weaver Spider


The banana spider — Nephila clavipes — is a large, brightly colored species of spider native to the warmer regions of the Americas. The spider is often recognized by its large webs — which often feature zigzag patterns — and its distinctive coloring. It is most commonly found in swampy regions and near the coasts, and is also known by its common name — the golden silk orb weaver…


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Introduction to silk

Introduction to silk


Silk is a natural fiber that is produced by the silkworm-the caterpillar larva of the domesticated silkmoth Bombyx mori. The cultivation of silk from silkworms is a process known as silk farming, or sericulture. Silkworms were first discovered by the Chinese around 2, 700 BC and for many centuries, the Chinese were the only civilization with the knowledge to make silk but eventually…


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Rit dye silk

Rit dye silk


Prewash item to be dyed to remove any finishes that could interfere with the dye being absorbed evenly. Protect work surface with a plastic table cover. . Estimate the weight of the item to be dyed to determine how much dye to use. As a guideline, ½ bottle liquid dye or 1 box powder dye will color up to one pound of fabric. Fill large plastic container or dishpan with very…


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Dyeing silk dresses

Dyeing silk dresses


Photo: Melissa Hom When I was a kid, I told my mom I wanted socks the color of the sky just before the stars came out. (She tried to find me some, which were a little too green, but close.) When fashion designers need fabrics to be similarly specific shades — for example, the pale bubble gum lace that appeared on Oscar de la Renta s spring 2013 runway, and later on Kerry Washington…


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Things Made of silk

Things Made of silk


Ankündigung SILK SARI RIBBON UPDATE, 1/16/17; Denim and grey will be listed within the next 2 days. I will be looking for the new colors for 2017 and ordering new dyes. Silk Sari Ribbon is a medium of delight and inspiration to work with! WHY BUY FROM DESIGN TALENTED ONE you say? First she cleans her ribbons with a verilux light, she examines every single skein and tags it…


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Chinese silk production

Chinese silk production


(Sogdian silk, 8th century) Sericulture or silk production has a long and colorful history unknown to most people. For centuries the West knew very little about silk and the people who made it. Pliny, the Roman historian, wrote in his Natural History in 70 BC Silk was obtained by removing the down from the leaves with the help of water . For more than two thousand years the…


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Silk varieties

Silk varieties


Cooptex, the Tamil Nadu Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society, has introduced a wide range of cotton and silk saris, linen and naturally-dyed cotton shirts and readymades for this Deepavali season at attractive prices. First time, naturally-dyed cotton saris and organic cotton saris are introduced for this festival season. With the grand success and amazing response for linen…


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Cloth silk

Cloth silk


Image copyright Andrea Pasquali Silk is usually made from the cocoons spun by silkworms - but there is another, much rarer, cloth known as sea silk or byssus, which comes from a clam. Chiara Vigo is thought to be the only person left who can harvest it, spin it and make it shine like gold. Villagers stare as I knock on the door of Chiara Vigo s studio, otherwise known as the…


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Kinds of silk

Kinds of silk


Silk exudes elegance and sophistication at first glance. But what is it that makes silk so desirable? Is it the visual, attention-grabbing features – it’s shine and opulence? Is it the intricate way that it is manufactured? Is it the heritage dating back thousands of years? Is it purely the price tag? Whatever the reason, silk is a highly sought after commodity and consumers…


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What is the best silk?

What is the best silk?


Selected for sale in the GETTY IMAGES COLLECTION on April 3rd 2015 CREATIVE RF gty.im/546437319 MOMENT OPEN COLLECTION** This photograph has become my 428th image to be selected by Getty Images for sale in their Moment collection, and I am really thrilled and grateful to them for this exciting opportunity. . . ALL IN THE BALANCE Neatly polished black Italian leather shoes…


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Properties of silk

Properties of silk


Silkworm cocoons are biological composite structures protecting the silkworms against environmental damage and physical attack by natural predators. In particular, some outdoor reared silk cocoons exhibit outstanding mechanical properties that are relevant to the higher level protection required to enhance the survival chance of silkworms while supporting their metabolic activity…


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Silk producers

Silk producers


Introduction to Spider Silk, the Product It has long been known that certain fibers produced in nature possess remarkable mechanical properties in terms of strength, resilience and flexibility. These protein based fibers, exemplified by spider silk, have been the subject of much interest due to spider silk’s incredible toughness. Because of its strength, resilience and flexibility…


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