Not all silk comes from worms
As the name implies, this silk is produced by mussels – yes, the same ones that can be found on seabeds. It is also sometimes called Sea Silk.
I bet you didn’t know that this fabric has been produced since the Ancient Greeks were around – that’s as far back as the 8th century BC! If you like ‘unusual’, then this is it! It is difficult to source this kind of silk nowadays due to the effects of pollution on its source. Since its production is rare, it counts as one of the most expensive silks to date. The most common type of mussel, or more accurately mollusc used in the production is the Byssus, and this fabric tends to be called Byssus Cloth.
Like Mussel silk, you may be surprised to learn that spider silk has long been used by ancient cultures. But unlike other types of silk, this is the most difficult one to produce as spiders cannot just be bred like silkworms. Spiders cannot produce as much yarn as silkworms either.
But though the production of this type of silk may seem difficult, its output is certainly worth the effort. It is regarded as one of the most durable types of silk as it is now being utilised in the production of telescopes, bulletproof vests and wear-resistant clothing!