The 31 metre long Helsingørtapetet (The Elsinore tapestry) is not just a piece of embroidery of impressive proportions. It is also a tangible piece of integration work, presenting Elsinore in a foreign light.
In February 2001, the first stitches of Helsingørtapetet were sown in Stjernegade in Elsinore. 1 million stitches later, the work was finished in the textile workshop on Badevej. After two and a half year, more than 50.000 working hours had been spent on the piece.
The Helsingørtapetet was created by 37 immigrant women, and the 31 metre long embroidery shows, among other things, their impressions of their meeting with Denmark, Danish culture and Elsinore, from when they arrived in the country in the 1970s and 1980s.
When the tapestry was finished being embroidered, it was put on display in Kronborg’s knight’s hall. Since then it has been displayed at Munkeruphus in Gilleleje, at Vejle Museum, at Gjethuset in Frederiksværk and at Helsingør city museum. Helsingørtapetet has no permanent place at any exhibition.
When it is not borrowed by various temporary exhibitions, the tapestry is therefore kept in a chest at Elsinore city museum.
Helsingørtapetet is inspired by the Bayeux tapestry from the 1400s, which is on display in the city of the same name in France. The tapestry is 70 metres long, embroidered with wool on a linen canvas. It displays the story of the conquest of England by the Norman king Vilhelm the Conqueror, who defeated Harold Godwinson in the Battle of Hastings in 1066.