In Morocco it was customary to cover the scroll with a mantle (unlike the tradition in most North African communities, where it is enclosed in a rigid case). Illustrations in Hebrew manuscripts suggest that the custom originated in Spain. This mantle was constructed by combining a stiff body and a hard, round top, both strengthened with cardboard. Gilt metal-thread embroidery embellished a cut-out leather pattern to create dense geometric patterns and stylized floral designs. The textiles associated with Torah scroll were usually embroidered by Jewish men.
Torah mantle and finials