Durable, Natural Luxury Fiber from Spiders and Insects

By: Katie Cordrey - Feb 21, 2010   Updated: Apr 1 2011
Silk is a fiber renowned for its luxurious texture and durability. It also has incredible tensile strength and insulation properties.

It makes beautiful underwear and decorative outerwear. Whether produced by spiders or insects, the end result is a sumptuous, natural fiber that has been used in garments, rugs, home furnishings, parachutes, bicycle tires, and medicine.

Implications - Silk is a material that civilizations have used for centuries, but the staggering number of ways it can be put to use is nevertheless something that any contemporary fashion-centric company should keep in mind. This collection is a great example of how even one basic material can yield unexpected benefits if the designers manipulating it are unafraid to experiment.