Published on : Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The story of TV series Game of Thrones has seen the zenith of popularity. As part of a new tourism campaign, a 66m tapestry telling the story has been unveiled at a Belfast museum. The tourism officials used the HBO show to draw visitors to Northern Ireland, where much of the hit series is filmed.
The tapestry was woven and hand-embroidered from material provided by Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen in Banbridge.
It is one of the last surviving mills in Northern Ireland. This tapestry has scenes from all the previous seasons of the series and took around three months to make.
Each week the tapestry will be added to with scenes from season seven, which has just been released, taking its final size to 77m. The tapestry incorporates previous metals like gold and silver, but also contains “materials from the Game of Thrones show.” It contains over 250,000 threads placed by hand.
Game of Thrones has been filmed in Northern Ireland since 2010 and has received around £14m in financial support.
Tourism Ireland has used the fame of the series in its stride to help promote Northern Ireland to visitors since 2014.