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New World Tapestry goes on World Wide Web
Jun '10
The world's largest stitched embroidery, the New World Tapestry, is now available online as a whole. Stitched for more than twenty-year period, the tapestry is more than 80 metres long, comprises of 24 panels and is a work of 256 skilled tapissiers.

While the first stitch was sewn by US Ambassador, Kingman Brewster in 1980, the project came to an end in 2000 with a stitch sewn in by Prince Charles at Highgrove. But throughout the twenty-year period or so, stitches were also sewn in by HM the Queen, HM the Queen Mother, HRH Prince Philip, HRH the Princess Royal and HRH the Duchess of Gloucester.

The early stages of English Colonisation in Newfoundland, Guiana, Bermuda and North America from 1583 – 1642, when the first English Civil War started with the upbringing of King Charles I's standards at Nottingham, are pictured in the tapestry. More so, several Cambridge alumni and colleges are also depicted on the panels.

Trinity, Emmanuel, Jesus and Pembroke are amongst the colleges featured on the tapestry. The tapestry has been gifted to the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum in Bristol, but unless the museum is shifted to London, which will take place in 2012, it is available only via the internet.

Girton-based humourous illustrator and designer, Tom Mor, emphasising the value of tapestry as a vital tool for education and the significance of its easy availability, said that, the tapestry is available for schools, colleges and all those individuals who are interested in education.

Placing the tapestry on the website has been a tedious job for all, which took about two years and yet, is not completely uploaded. But by summer end, each panel will be online.

Currently, the tapestry can be viewed at newworldtapestry.co.uk.

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