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Fw: Digitizing the Unicorn Tapestries

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  • Alexis Abarria
    Great story. Had to share. The people who got to be in on this project must have really been living right. Cassandra
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4 5:36 PM
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      Great story. Had to share. The people who got to be in on this project
      must have really been living right.

      Cassandra
      >
      > > http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/050411fa_fact
      > >
      > > One heck of a story on several levels. Here's a hook-like excerpt:
      > >
      > > The Unicorn tapestries are considered by many to be the most
      > > beautiful tapestries in existence. They are also among the great work
      > > of art of any kind...
      > >
      > > ...In the wet lab, a team of textile conservators led by a woman
      > > named Kathrin Colburn unpacked the tapestries and spread them out
      > > face down on a large table, one by one. At some point, the backs of
      > > the tapestries had been covered with linen. The backings, which
      > > protect the tapestries and help to support them when they hang on a
      > > wall, were turning brown and brittle, and had to be replaced. Using
      > > tweezers and magnifying lenses, Colburn and her team delicately
      > > removed the threads that held each backing in place. As the
      > > conservators lifted the backing away, inch by inch, they felt a
      > > growing sense of awe. The backs were almost perfect mirror images of
      > > the fronts, but the colors were different...
      >
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