Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mauro Magliani
Torah ark curtain for Yom Kippur, incorporating bride’s skirt
Cochin, India
1912
Gilt-tinsel embroidery on silk
H: 23.6; W: 17.2 cm
Loan from the Moshav Ta’oz synagogue
Accession number: L-B09.0008 ; 152/297
 
 
During the marriage ceremony, the bride from Cochin sat near the Torah ark in the synagogue, with her upper body concealed by a long veil hanging from the ceiling and only her beautifully embroidered skirt visible. The skirt could later be used to cover a coffin before burial and eventually might be donated to serve as the central part of a Torah ark curtain (parokhet), as in the example seen here.

Publications:
Slapak, Orpa, ed., The Jews of India: A Story of Three Communities, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1995, English / Hebrew

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir