Yeshiva University Museum’s Textile and Jewelry Exhibit Showcases Jewish Life

Uncommon Threads: Clothing & Textiles from the YU Museum collection.

The Yeshiva University Museum is featuring an exhibit until April 29, 2017 titled Uncommon Threads: Clothing & Textiles from the YU Museum. The art exhibit themed “From Ceremonial Dresses to Torah Covers to Jewels, a Kaleidoscopic: Survey of the Threads that Bind Jews across Generations” showcases a collection of clothing pieces, textiles and jewelry from the 18th century until the recent decades depicting Jewish life, tradition and religion.

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The goal of the exhibit curated by Bonni-Dara Michaels is for people to see the connection of Jews across centuries through clothing and accessories. Unique clothing and textiles are traditionally used in connection with the Jewish religion and its rituals. More recently, such garments and decorative textiles are purchased, worn and displayed to support Israel and its economy. The majority of such garments and accessories are worn, used, and handed down through generations. Those on display at the museum include pieces that have been restored after being used for decades.

Samples of the 40-piece art exhibit include an 18th century silk matzoh, the lectern cover of the former Chief Rabbi of Izmir and a 19th century ceremonial dress during the Ottoman Empire. There are also garments and textile artworks like the “Let There Be” piece crafted by Ina Golub and a 1950s wedding dress produced by Hattie Carnegie. Among the jewelry on display include a gold bracelet belonging to the wife of Orthodox rabbi Hatam Sofer and pins designed by Chaim Gross and Igael Tumarkin.

YU Museum Director Jacob Wisse emphasized the significance of the exhibit, saying “Jews attach great meaning to garments and textiles using them to mark special occasions. We use them to give outward, physical expression to inner, spiritual ideals and concerns. We’re delighted to showcase these beautiful objects – many of them having passed down to us through multiple generations of the same family, preserving the family’s story as well as that of our people.”

The YU Museum is part of the Yeshiva University, a higher education institution which infuses Jewish scholarship in its curriculum. The YU museum was founded in 1973 with the goal of presenting and interpreting the artistic, cultural or traditional milestones of Jewish life. The museum boasts a huge array of uniquely preserved Jewish artifacts, texts, artworks and others that aid the academe and the public when it comes to education and research of Jewish life and tradition.


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