The yellow colour of the golden orb-weaver spider’s silk can give items made from the material a natural golden colour. Photo: Randy Lewis

Spider silk: the bullet-stopping, plane-catching fabric that’s got the fashion world spinning

Appearing in parkas, capes, ties and even a dress by Stella McCartney, spider silk can be used to make material tougher than Kevlar – but harvesting it can be a problem, what with the creatures’ tendency to eat each other

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The yellow colour of the golden orb-weaver spider’s silk can give items made from the material a natural golden colour. Photo: Randy Lewis
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