The Spool

Category: Textiles

Designing a BoltSpun tie: Conversations with a material

On March 10, we launched the world’s first ever human-made spider silk consumer product, a knit silk necktie. Why a tie?

 

Boltspun knit tie

Our friend and silk expert Fiorenzo Omenetto models the tie with panache

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The Interwoven Paths of Tech and Textiles – Part 2

The previous post of The Spool dove into the history of technology in textiles from the Stone Age through the Industrial Revolution. But the love story between tech and textiles didn’t end there.

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The Interwoven Paths of Tech and Textiles – Part 1

Bolt Threads lives at the intersection of the two seemingly disparate worlds: fashion and biotechnology. We realize that technology and textiles aren’t so different after all: in fact, they have a long history of intertwining. (For an excellent longread, check out Virginia Postrel’s essay “How Textiles Repeatedly Revolutionized Human Technology”) (more…)

The History Of Silk

Welcome to the first post of The Spool, the Bolt Threads blog. The Spool is your front row seat on our journey from idea to commercial product. You’ll get insight into our goals, challenges, and what’s on our mind. Join us in unraveling the mystery of developing new materials and making a new technology a reality!

 

We’re replicating natural silk production, but this isn’t the first time there’s been a global hunt for the secrets of silk.

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