freemen working

中世の職人たちは「自由民」だった

17 June 1986, United Kingdom
900th Anniversary of Domesday Book / Freemen working at Town Trade
design: Tayburn Design / illustrations: Magnus Lohkamp

In a Medieval town, there were many trades for everyday life – cloth, tools, house and architecture – and people who inherited or gained those specialist techniques were called “Freemen”. About 25% of population were those who did not produce food, but obtained food in exchange for their skills.

As a designer, I am interested in those people working with textile, metal, wood and stone ( and a dog pulling the carpenter’s clothes.. ), who made the townscape at that time.

中世の街で、手に職を持って働いた人たちが「自由民」と呼ばれたことを始めて知りました。農業に携わらず、兵士でもなかった人たちが、生活に必要な服や道具を作り、家や教会を建てる技術を綿々と受けつぎ、街の風景を作っていった。

布を染める人、大工らしい二人(& 服をひっぱる犬)そして石柱に彫刻している石工など、この切手の描く世界にとても惹かれます。