Northface teams with Japanese startup to create spider silk moon parka

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North face has announced that they are going to start to produce and sell synthetic spider silk parkas, with the help of Japanese startup Spiber. Spider silk is said to strong as steel, tougher than Kevlar, and lighter than carbon fiber. But too expensive to produce for most companies. Japanese company Spiber has started to produce spider silk synthetically and recently joined forces with The North Face to create a parka made from its QMONOS fiber. Called the Moon Parka, the garment is reportedly “the world’s first piece of clothing made from artificial protein material.”

The secret to the strength of natural spider silk’s is the protein that it’s made from, known as fibroin. Creating completely man-made fibroin in the lab is known to be a tedious process, so Spiber began to bio engineer the bacteria with recombinant DNA to produce the protein. That synthetic fibroin is subsequently spun into QMONOS, which is the Japanese word for “spider.”

Written by FrequentGadget

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