Many major luxury goods firms have long made place a key part of their identity, and a visit to a traditional silk-weaving centre in Vietnam shows that the approach could work for small firms too.
Some spiders produce silk than can actually be stronger than steel and 50 times as light.
Spider silk is strong stuff and could be used to manufacture ultra tough ropes and cables, and better sutures in medicine. If only we could find a way to make the stuff.
Drugs, new materials and even more creative uses: biodiversity is full of potential.
Oxford University researchers have harnessed the natural defence mechanism of silkworms, which causes paralysis, in what…