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Want the French to cultivate tapestries? (10)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

needlework

Here is my best explanation:

'tapestries?' is the definition.

'want the french to cultivate' is the subsidiary indication.

'want' becomes 'need' (needing is a kind of wanting).

'the french' becomes 'le'.

'to cultivate' becomes 'work' ('work' can be a synonym of 'cultivate'**).

'need'+'le'+'work'='needlework'

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for needlework that I've seen before include "crafty stuff", "Sewing - embroidery", "craft", "sewers do that", "Stitching", "putting in stitches", "Something perhaps crafty", "artistic production" and "This could repair it".)

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