Monday, August 15, 2016

"The Lady and the Unicorn" by Tracy Chevalier

This slim, well-crafted novel of the late Middle Ages in France and Belgium imagines a lovely story behind the creation of a masterful series of ornamental tapestries. It is an ideal story for people who like romance, art, fabrics, textiles, stories about European culture, flowers and so on.

After reading the novel, I got on You Tube and viewed several lovely videos showing the production of modern, hand loomed ornamental art tapestries. The process is much like the way the tapestries were produced in the novel; of course, the studios in the modern era are large, light, airy, clean and climate controlled, so the artisans don't have to freeze in winter (since no fire could be situated near the work) or suffer from heat in summer.

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