Ecology on trend: spider strings


Caring for the environment, as well as production of everything pure and natural is a real trend for the modern world. Technology forges ahead, and the vast minds of this world continue to delight us with their new ideas. One of the last ideas truly surprised not only the world music community, but also ordinary people. It is about the creation of natural strings that surpass synthetic strings not only in environmental friendliness, but also in the sound level.

Terrible rumour stating that the strings were made from cat sinews circled around even in the Middle Ages. But in fact, sheep intestine which underwent the processing were used as a raw material. Then, strings of silk began to appear at the end of the XVIII century. But time made new demands on the playing and then sturdy steel strings were unleashed. Eventually, masters decided to combine the pros of the catgut and steel strings, synthetic strings were created. There are so many people, so many styles, so many instruments, that’s why there are so many different strings.

Until 2012 there were only three of them types: catgut, metal and synthetic. But the scientist from Japan, Shigeyoshi Osaki who had worked on the study of spider silk and the technology of getting out strong threads of it for 35 years invented the strings from the web. According to the professionals, they sound quite pleasant, «soft, with low tone quality».


Osaki told the mass media about his achievement noting that the experience with the strings can help to promote experiments in the field of unusual materials at all. And he was right. In the same year, Madagascar’s inhabitants displayed the ability to weave dresses of spider silk. One of them was shown in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. By the way, a great lot of time and web of more than 1 million of spiders were spent to create this dress, that is why not only Madagascar but also any other country simply won’t have enough budget to put this material in everyday production.


Four years has gone when in July 2016 an engineer Luca Alessandrini from London began to create musical instruments out of the unusual biological materials. Most of the master’s violins are made of silk and resin and strings are made of silk threads, which were complected by the spiders. In the words of Alessandrini such strings are very elastic and can withstand the pressure that occurs during the execution of musical works. The sound of such violins is pure but not as loud as the usual wooden instruments have.


Unlike his Japanese predecessor, Luke was able to increase the popularity of biomaterials used in the production of not only musical instruments, but also other things. And even the usefulness of the material was rated by users of social media. The post of @earthspeaks is about this.


It is impossible to say that the creation of things out of the spider raw material is a trend because this work is not only energy- and labour-consuming, but also such experiments require not a little money. But the popularity of the use of natural raw materials in the production has increased, even a common knowledge of the by no means a professional in this regard audience – social media users – about the use of, for example, the web says about it.