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2011-10-28 07:00:00

Using the most advanced methods in digital fabric printing Los Angeles based fine art photographer Bryony Shearmur brings some of her favorite images to life as a collection of silk scarves and pocket squares for men and women. The debut collection "Really Beautiful Things" is a fitting tribute to her adopted city. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 28, 2011 London born artist Bryony Shearmur has been creating beautiful, fine art images of Los Angeles and beyond for over a decade. Now with...

2011-10-12 22:53:26

Scientists are reporting development of the first fast and reliable scientific method to determine the age and authenticity of priceless silk tapestries and other treasures -- such as Civil War General Phillip Sheridan's famous red-and-white battle flag -- in museums and other collections around the world. A report on their work appears in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry. Mehdi Moini and colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution point out that for thousands of years, silk fibers,...

2011-10-04 09:00:00

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on cellulosic man-made fibers. Global consumption of cellulosic man-made fibers is forecast to reach over 5.16 million tons by the year 2017. Increasing demand for alternate fibers and development of new fiber technology and products is expected to drive market growth. Although marginally sidelined by superior synthetic substitutes such as polyester and nylon, cellulosic fibers are poised to regain momentum, primarily backed by...

2011-09-13 12:32:48

Strand for strand no fabric can compare to the luxurious feel, luminosity and sheen of pure silk. Since millennia, the Chinese have been unraveling the cocoons of the silk worm (Bombyx mori) and weaving the fibers into sumptuous garments, hangings, carpets, tapestries and even artworks of painted silk. Now, for the first time, scientists at the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute have developed a fast and reliable method to date silk. This new technique, which is based on capillary...

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2011-08-18 10:08:50

"The strength of spider dragline silk exceeds that of any material produced in laboratories, by far. All attempts to manufacture threads of similar strength have failed thus far," explains Professor Horst Kessler, Carl von Linde Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at the TU Muenchen (TUM-IAS). In collaboration with the workgroup of Prof. Thomas Scheibel, who was a researcher at the TU Muenchen until 2007 and who now holds a chair of the Institute of Biomaterials at the Universitaet...

2011-07-29 06:05:00

HANGZHOU, China, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Inetsilk.com, China's leading silk scarf wholesaler is offering a site wide promotion from July 30th - August 5th, 2011, with deep discounts on hard-to-find Chinese silk scarves of fall 2011 styles. In addition to the up to 76% off discount Inetsilk.com always provides, buyers can also enjoy extra huge savings according to their different purchases: for purchases over $300, wholesalers will receive $90 off; purchases over $500 will...

2011-06-30 12:30:00

SHENZHEN, China, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Shenzhen Wuzhou Changlian International Trading Co., a leading global distributor through network for series of dresses for special occasions, including wedding dresses, prom & evening gowns and dresses for parties or auctions, is pleased to announce its new arrival of luxury edition wedding dresses for brides, bridesmaids, flower girls and mother of the brides. Considering the customers' growing need for quality, style and reasonable...

2011-06-05 00:02:41

A spectacular golden textile, conceived and created by Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley in Madagascar from silk thread collected from over one million Golden Orb spiders (Nephila madagascariensis), will go on exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, the country's second largest art museum. On special loan to the museum from Mssrs. Peers and Godley as part of the inaugural celebration of the museum's new galleries devoted to African art and Indian art of the Americas, the Spider Silk textile...


Latest Silk Reference Libraries

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2009-05-02 19:29:15

The Golden Silk Spider (Nephila clavipes) is a species of orbweaver spider. It is found in the warmer regions of the Americas. In the United States, this species ranges throughout the coastal southeast and inland, from North Carolina to Texas. In many areas its distribution is somewhat localized and may be absent in many areas over wide areas. In some arboreal or swampy areas, adults and their webs can be found in large concentrations, especially near the coast. This species is also...

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2009-05-02 19:25:11

The Joro Spider (Nephila clavata) is a species of arachnid that is a member of the golden orb-web spider group. It is found in Japan (except Hokkaidō), Korea, Taiwan and China. The web of the female can reach up to 39 inches in width. The yellow threads appear rich gold in sunlight. The web has three layers: the central orb, plus two irregular layers in front of and behind the orb. The adult female is about 1 inch. The male is much smaller and is no bigger than 0.4 inches. The female...

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2009-04-28 21:01:20

The Argema mittrei, more commonly known as the Comet or Moon Moth, is an endangered species. It is a native of Madagascar and that is the only place where one can observe them in the wild. This large silk moth can be bred in captivity and is one of the world's largest moths. Males have an average wing span of nearly 8 inches and a tail span of almost 6 inches. The lifespan of an adult moth is only 4-5 days and they are capable of reproduction from day 1. Their cocoons are uniquely...

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2005-09-08 12:27:59

PHOTO CAPTION: Elachista rufocinerea (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The Elachistidae are a family of Lepidoptera (moths). Their larvae have a wide variety of habits including leaf tiers, seed borers, and leaf or stem miners. The Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti) is a species native to Australia, and can be easily found in all the states except for Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. Eggs The eggs are laid on a leaf either singly or several in a row usually on...

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2005-07-14 11:23:31

The silkworm (Bombyx mori or "raw silk of mulberry") is the larva of a moth that is economically important as the producer of silk. Its diet consists solely of mulberry leaves and it is native to northern China. The silkworm is so called because it spins its cocoon from raw silk. The cocoon is made of a single continuous thread of raw silk from 1000 to 3000 feet (300 to 900 meters) long. Silkworms have a good appetite. They eat mulberry leaves day and night continuously. Thus, they grow...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'