While being enveloped in spider webs is a nightmare for many of people, spider silk might actually be the fabric of the future.
Five times stronger than steel and almost three times as tough as Kevlar, the protein fiber is heat, cold, and water resistant. Those qualities have reportedly caught the eye higher-ups at Patagonia, who recently signed a partnership with the San Fransisco based Bolt Threads earlier in May reports TechCrunch.com. Patagonia hopes that at some point, the sustainable and stronger than steel material will serve as a centerpiece fabric for much of their outerwear.
“We’re not disclosing what we’re doing yet, we’re disclosing that we’re working with [Patagonia].” – Bolt Threads CEO, Dan Widmaier
In addition to the partnership, BOLT Threads has raised nearly $50 million in Series C venture funding to further their cause. That cause could be a game-changer for the trillion dollar textile industry and as of now, a market ready product is expected for 2018.
Find the entire TechCrunch.com article here: Bolt Threads raises $50 million to brew spider silk, inks deal with Patagonia