Sansa’s Wedding Gown Part III:
The lovely embroidery band was created by artist Michele Carragher:
This is her description of the story that the band tells:
For Sansa’s wedding dress the designer Michele Clapton wanted to have an embroidered band that wrapped around which symbolically told Sansa’s life from the Tully and Stark beginnings to the entanglement with the Lannisters.
Her story starts at her lower back where the Tully fish and Stark dire wolf are entwined. As we move round to the front the Lannister Lion is becoming dominant over the dire wolf and at the back neck the Lions head is stamped onto Sansa. The dress colour was still very much Sansa Stark and the embroidery had pale golden tones but woven through the story are ripe red pomegranates, the red colour symbolising the growing Lannister influence over her.”
The pomegranate detail is interesting and invocative. Catherine of Aragon chose the pomegranate as her personal symbol as pomegranates are symbolic of fertility. The goddess Persephone ate a pomegranate given to her by Hades. This bound her to the underworld. She remain there for a third of the year, instead of being returned completely to her mother Demeter.
Sounds kind of familiar doesn’t it?
I don’t know if it was intentional, but having the Stark and Tully sigils form Sansa’s backbone is perfect.
This is so cool.