mirror sequins

I found this beautiful, pearlescent-tailed spider creating a web on the ground as we were walking up Mt. Gulaga (Mt. Dromedary). This is the surprise! Isn’t it beautiful! I had never seen anything like this spiders tail. 

I looked it up and found that it is a “Sequin Spider” or “Mirror Spider” from the Thwaitesia family which are known to have reflective, pearlescent patches on their body. 

I could’ve worn this spider like a jewel, a beautiful broach, if it didn’t mind so much!

Lubov Tchernicheva, star of the Ballets Russes, in costume for Une Nuit d’Egypt (later Cléopâtre), 1918. Costume by Sonia Delaunay (Russia, active France, 1885-1979).

Une Nuit d’Egypt premiered by Diaghilev’s troupe in 1908. The ballet was revived in 1917 and exquisite and fantastic (as in a product of the artist’s Egyptian fantasy) new costumes were designed for the revived production by Delaunay. This costume was made from silk, sequins, mirror and beads, wool yarn, metallic thread braid, and lamé.