Twelve waves at Felletin, France, are weaving together more than 1,250 miles of wool to make the largest tapestry in the world.
Twelve waves at Felletin, France, are weaving together more than 1,250 miles of wool to make the largest tapestry in the world. this 24 metres high work of art, a copy of artist Graham Sutherland's painting "The Great Seated Christ", will adorn the walls of Britain's Coventry Cathedral when completed in 1962. Work began in December 1959.
A photograph, the exact size of the painting, was cut into 68 numbered strips and placed one after the other on the loom. A team of highly skilled weavers work over the strips.
There are one hundred colours in the painting. A large number for a modern painting - most designs have about twenty. Wools are dyed at the factory adjoining the weaving shop on the banks of the River Creuse. This River has such pure qualities, that Felletin specialists can make dyes to last many centuries without fading.
When finished, the work of art will measure 12 metes in width, and weigh almost one ton. It will be the same height as the tall spire of the local church.