Friday, 7 June 2013

an irish tale told in thread...

Okay so this is kinduva plug as this is where I work, but I think it might be interesting to those interested in stitches in general!



The Ros Tapestry is a gigantic stitching project happening here in Ireland that began fourteen years - and still isn't finished! 

The tapestry is actually fifteen panels of tapestry telling the story of the birth of a town in the south of Ireland - New Ross. 

This town began because of lots of women - first King Dermot abducted a neighbouring king's wife and galloped off to his castle with her and all his belongings...


...then he promised his daughter to Strongbow... 

...then Strongbow and Aoife's daughter married one of the most important men in England, William Marshall...


...who then went on to make New Ross a thriving trading town... and so it goes... 

Okay so that's a very very simplified and possibly historically inaccurate version of a big auld story, but I think the Ros Tapestry really is a national treasure. I was lucky enough to see the work that has been done so far when it was in Farmleigh around Christmas. 

My colleague Sarah has documented the work so far and made a beautiful radio documentary, layered in gorgeous music and sound, all about the historical story and the story of the women who are painstakingly embroidering the panels. 

(big fat plug alert) The Documentary on One: A Tale Told in Thread is on RTE Radio One tomorrow, Saturday 8th June at 2pm but you can listen or podcast it here from now. 

The tapestry is in its permanent home now at the Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre, Priory Court, The Quay, New Ross, Co. Wexford.

1 comment:

  1. That is a really cool project. I can imagine how this takes a lot of time... I downloaded the radio-documentary and will listen to it one of the following evenings!

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