Tapestries are a type of weaving where various designs and looms can be used. It is a woven elegance with a blend of colour and striking designs. In tapestries, the weavers were primarily male because of the physical hard work and labour involved and the spinning was done by the females. As a result, the quality of the tapestries varied with the tightness of the weaving.
What Are The Uses Of Tapestries?
The tapestries have several uses; you can use the smaller pieces of the tapestry to cover your furniture, cushions; they can be used as curtains and bed hangings. You can hang the miniature tapestries permanently; you can easily clean them. The large and the best one is used for public displays, which are displayed only for special occasions, which reduces the wear, tear and fading of its colour. The Church shows Wall Tapestries on special events and also teach anecdotes from the Bible. Tapestries were also used in the medieval period in the walls of Palaces and Castles to insulate during winter; it was also used as decorations in special occasions such as the Coronation of a Royal, Royal entries, Weddings, it would be displayed outside of the Palace.
What Are Types Of Tapestry Weave?
You can find four types of tapestry weave, and they are as follows:
Single Weft Tapestry – This is the simplest of all where you can interchange a single weft between the front and back of the weave and produce the same design number of colours and the same number of different weft yarn.
Two Weft Tapestry – You can use two wefts of different colours to complete the horizontal row, and the warps are more regular, and the wefts glide in front and behind the design.
Three Weft Tapestry – Here, you can use three different weft yarns; when weaving, one tale is in front while the other two are displayed at the back.
Combined Warp And Weft Tapestry – You can use more warps and more wefts here, increasing the pattern’s diversity. A tapestry weave is incomplete until the back with loose ends are worked on and are secured; once this is done, the beauty of the Wall Tapestries become overwhelming.
While it is not too showy, it is fragile and difficult to make; it can quickly become cynosure. However, its history and growth over the years state its durability and quality; the historic craft has stood the test of time and remained one of the oldest surviving forms of a woven textile that humanity has ever known.