Spider silk is known for its strong, sticky fibers, and most of us avoid spider webs at all costs. However, accessory and clothing brand Bolt Threads isn’t afraid. They’ve unveiled the first tie crafted from spider silk.
The unisex tie is remarkably stylish and made from 100-percent boltspun spider silk. While spiders typically use this material for catching their prey, wearers will simply be catching the attention of passersby with their stylish threads.
Even though the new accessory is made from pure spider silk, no arachnids were employed (or exploited) to craft them. Rather, Bolt Threads studied spiders’ silk and replicated the material in a lab. After copying the genetic sequence for natural spider silk, the brand was able to begin creating ties from the material, using a unique extrusion process which mimics natural spinning. The varied applications for synthetic spider silk are mind boggling, and the ties are Bolt’s way of getting the word out about the versatile material.
Only 50 of the limited-edition spider silk neckties will be released, and lucky customers will be able to purchase the conversation pieces for $314.