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Giant tapestries 16 century restored in England


The Art Newspaper says that conservation work that began 20 years ago on a giant set of 16th-century tapestries is almost complete.

The job has been epic: each panel is around six meters tall, and all of them up to more than 70 meters in length. It is the National Trust's most lengthy and expensive textile project.

We were really surprised that the tapestries were bought by Bess of Hardwick, who outlived four husbands and became richer each time she was widowed.

The conservation work included replacing thousands of broken threads, strengthening points of heavy wear, and recording and removing some historic repairs made out of patches cut from other old tapestries. All the panels were strengthened by being stitched onto a linen backing, and then given a cotton lining.