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Bangkok: World’s first natural silk made bullet-proof, The bulletproof vest  is developed by a team of university researchers in Thailand, a media report said on Tuesday.

The vest can withstand .38 and .22 calibre bullets fired from a distance of three metres, Panomkorn Khwakhong, a researcher at Khon Kaen University’s chemical engineering department, said.

The armour, made from silkworm cocoons mixed with a special resin and then hydraulically compressed, is durable and lightweight, the Bangkok Post quoted Panomkorn, a chemical engineering lecturer as saying.

The vests are 14-20 millimetres thick, weigh 2.5-4 kgs, and cost only one-third the price of conventional bullet proof vests, he said. He said silkworm cocoons were used because silkworms are raised and farmed in many areas of Khon Kaen, which has a reputation for quality silk clothing.

Panomkorn said the silk vest is also able to take repeated hits without deteriorating. His team planned to continue developing the vest and make a version that can withstand automatic weapons fire, such as the M16 assault rifles.

(with inputs from IANS)

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Ultra-violet hues: Trending colour code for men

Invest in a bomber leather jacket in ultra-violet or team a woven detailed leather duffle bag with your formal suits, suggest experts.

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ultra-violet works best in gingham checks or pinstripes when it comes to formal office wear. Wikimedia Commons
ultra-violet works best in gingham checks or pinstripes when it comes to formal office wear. Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi, Dec 29: Ditch basic colours like black, red and blue for your wardrobe, and try ultra-violet. Invest in a bomber leather jacket in ultra-violet or team a woven detailed leather duffle bag with your formal suits, suggest experts.

Akshay Narvekar, Founder at Bombay Shirt Company, Tabby Bhatia, Director at Voganow.com and Ishaan Sachdeva, Director at Alberto Torresi, have listed the latest fashion ideas for men:

* Classic combination of white and ultra-violet works best in gingham checks or pinstripes when it comes to formal office wear. These shirts are apt for formal meetings and give a sharp yet sophisticated look.

* A two-toned, matte finished shirt in vivid purple is another wise option to opt for a casual evening look or night parties with family or friends. The dobby weave texture gives a rich look to one’s appearance; further highlighting the detailed cuff, placket and collar.

* A bomber leather jacket in ultra-violet teamed with a white t-shirt and black denim can enhance a sharp yet robust look during a night bonfire gathering with friends.

* To suit the corporate look for those who travel a lot for work, a woven detailed leather duffle bag in ultra-violet with hand finishing detailing is a must-have for rendering a dynamic airport look. Be it a formal suit or casual denim and crisp shirts, duffle bags look best with both outfits.

* Funky high-top sneakers in ultra-violet can give a phenomenal street style look when teamed with a muted shade zipper and light blue denim.

* Boat style shoes or loafers in suede leather in vivid purple tone are the best option for those going for a casual day out, movie or lunch date. Loafers when paired with chinos in pastel shades and crisp linen shirt or t-shirts give one a brilliant style statement on weekends. IANS

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