Fort Vancouver Tapestry

11. Dedicating Fort Vancouver

Governor Simpson and Hudson Bay flag

Panel 11

Sponsored by: Jan & Steve Oliva
The Hudson’s Bay Company built Fort Vancouver as an economic enterprise and to secure the land for England. Governor Simpson christens the new fort in 1825, accompanied by 2 Scottish pipers. In this panel there is a variation in stitching technique – the pipers’ kilts are actually woven. The yarn is drawn up through the linen and then woven on top of the fabric, forming a true plaid fabric. The tartan on the left is the McLachlin tartan and the one on the right is the Mowatt tartan.
The icons are Episcopalian (Anglican at that time) and Methodist symbols.