Natural spider silk is stronger than kevlar by weight and more elastic than cotton, making it a perfect material choice for durable textiles. Spider silk however, is very hard to come by in mass quantities. That is why Japanese company Spiber has created a material called Qmonos, a synthetic spider silk. The material is constructed by bacteria proteins to form a liquid-like compound which is then spun into thread.
The advancement could lead to enormous progression in any industry that has a use for strong, light fabrics. The military could see an increase in protection and range in motion from incorporating Qmonos into a soldier’s uniform. Body armor is constructed of steel or ceramic plates held in a kevlar vest. While Qmonos would not be able to replace the internal plates, it could replace the kevlar vest if spun thick enough. Qmonos could also replace other parts of the uniform like the jacket and trouser. The jacket and trousers are made of nylon and cotton. If replaced by Qmonos, the soldier would receive higher protection to light scrapes and a higher range of motion. Any decrease in weight and increase in flexibility to a military uniform would result in better movement performance.