of The Bayeux Tapestry
Summary of the Reproduction Story
About 900 years ago, the Bayeux Tapestry
was embroidered in England on a coarse linen cloth with woolen threads.
The tapestry measures 70m in length and 50cm in height and from the
entire work, we can learn not only the history of the Norman conquest
of England in 1066 but also the technique of embroidery used in that
period. In addition, we can understand the manners, customs, mode
of living, the making of ships and the method of battle at the beginning
of the eleventh century in England.
Between the borders which run along the top and bottom of the work,
we can see the history of England from 1064 to 1066. Many animals,
birds and fish are embroidered in the narrow borders and are used
to strengthen the story and frequently contain a secret meaning. For
instance, the auther used a number of fables and other suggestive
The original tapestry was moved to France from England in 1803 and
it has been displayed in the Bayeux museum since 1945.
Although the whole story has been reproduced using the same stitches
as the original, the work has been divided into 73 sections each with
a different scene. Parts of the tapestry have been made into handbags,
pillows, etc. and other parts have been framed. Although those designs
were drawn about 900 years ago, our use of them in the form of bags
and other products of daily life seems natural.
Bag & Cushion
Trees from The Bayeux Tapestry