Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Robe from a woman's set of shrouds
Tétouan, Morocco
ca. 1950
Cotton, cotton-cord embroidery
The Zeyde Schulmann Collection in the Israel Museum
Accession number: B64.12.3993
 
 
Beneath their festive clothes, the bride and groom wore white cotton or linen shrouds that would eventually wrap their bodies after death. These garments, thought to have protective properties, formed part of the dowry and were decorated with the same motifs as the wedding dress. The central motif is a spiral pattern (found as well on Tetuán tombstones), illustrating the cyclical quality of life and human destiny, which have a beginning and an end, but are also infinite.

Publications:
Juhasz, Esther (ed.), The Jewish wardrobe from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 5 Continents Editions, Milan and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2012

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