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First GMO clothing line from fake spider silk

A Japenese company genetically modified bacteria to produce a special protein that can be spun into silk, for US brand The North Face

Quelle:: Goldwin Inc and Spiber Inc

The Golden Orb Weaver Spider is famous for its golden strand and has inspired the Moon Parka jacket design to match the natural web color of the spider
The Golden Orb Weaver Spider is famous for its golden strand and has inspired the Moon Parka jacket design to match the natural web color of the spider

Spider silk is known to be harder than steel and tougher than the synthetic Kevlar, which makes it a desirable material in the textile industry. However, it is extremely difficult to forcefully acquire silk from spiders.

"The Cape " is the largest known piece of cloth made of natural spider silk, made from Madagascar Golden Orb spider silk, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, June 2012
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Thus, the Japanese company Spiber has been focusing on the development of synthetic silk by decoding the gene that produces fibroin in spiders and then genetically modifying bacteria to produce the protein for artificial silk.

Synthetic spider silk thread used for the outer textile of the Moon Parka jacket
Synthetic spider silk thread used for the outer textile of the Moon Parka jacket
Spiber Inc, Goldwin Inc

The first outerwear prototype that was made with artificial silk is called Moon Parka - a joint venture between Spiber and Goldwin, the marketer of The North Face in Japan.

Moon Parka, a new and exciting prototype made of synthetic spider silk, is expected to be released by US retailer The North Face in 2016
Moon Parka, a new and exciting prototype made of synthetic spider silk, is expected to be released by US retailer The North Face in 2016
Spiber Inc, Goldwin Inc

In comparison to most  sports outerwear products, synthetic spider silk materials are at a considerable advantage, because they are comprised of proteins that are eco-friendly and do not depend on petroleum, which is used in the production of synthetic polymer materials, like polyester and nylon.

Close-up at the synthetic spider silk material used in the Moon Parka jacket
Close-up at the synthetic spider silk material used in the Moon Parka jacket
Spiber Inc, Goldwin Inc

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