The Game of Thrones Tapestry is free to view at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
Game of Thrones
For any fans of the phenomenal HBO series Game of Thrones, you’ll know that it is filmed here in Northern Ireland.
What you might not realise is that much of the weaponry, armour, costumes, props and jewellery is made here too.
There is a wealth of skill here in Northern Ireland that has lain untapped for years, particularly in the textile industry.
Today we took a visit to the Ulster Museum – home of the Game of Thrones Tapestry. The Tapestry is based on the Bayeux Tapestry, but instead tells the story of George RR Martin’s epic tale – A Song if Ice & Fire.
It has been woven (impressively) by hand onto Irish Linen, the fabric that Belfast was built on; then embroidered (again by hand) by a team of talented needle women.
Known as a Campaign Piece it celebrates the importance of the textile industry in Ulster during the 19th Century. Today the film industry doesn’t quite employ so many, but it has become crucial to the NI economy, and Game of Thrones has been central to this.
At the moment the piece is 66m long, once their series is over it will be an impressive 77m
Contains Spoilers for series 1-7
I would defiantly recommend any fans of the show go visit the piece – it’s free to get in. Needless to say in something of this size the famous Ulster humour shows through here and there – look out for the finger in the pie 😜
Why the random shot of two women at the end? Well, we randomly visited at the same time as the two ladies who wove the piece. Amazing!