Does the secret to soft denim lie in spider webs? Under the theme, “Mad Science”, US Denim presented a series of unusual concepts at Denim Première Vision (May 18-19) in Barcelona, including a cotton and spider silk blend denim.

The concept, which US Denim is in the process of trademarking, is being touted as a new way to incorporate nature into fashion. The mostly cotton fabric, called X-Stream Gossamer, is mixed with two percent spider web in the spinning process to create a surprisingly strong yarn. The result is a denim fabric with a soft hand feel and the benefits spiders naturally build into their webs, including antiseptic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.

Spider web threads are nearly invisible and require a long time to collect from multiple places, making X-Stream Gossamer a more premium product, according to a company representative at the show.

The mill also debuted ExZika, a timely anti-mosquito denim woven in a non-carcinogenic organic compound that paralyzes mosquitos. The innovation meets World Health Organization hygienic requirements and can last up to 20 home washes.

On the fashion end, US Denim dabbled with seamless jacquards, 100 percent cotton with authentic slub character and a lightweight cozy denim with a wool-look that uses zero wool.

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