Uncommon Threads: Clothing & Textiles from the YU Museum Collection
Selz Foundation Gallery
Our ancestors used clothing and textiles to beautify their synagogues, their tables and themselves on Shabbat and holidays as well as important lifecycle events. Many of these were preserved and worn or used by several generations. More recently, Jews purchased special clothing and textiles to both to support Israel’s economy and to show their support for Israel by wearing or displaying them in their homes.
Highlights include: a sumptuous 18th century lectern cover embroidered with pearls and gold thread that belonged to a former Chief Rabbi of Izmir; a 19th century dress decorated with metal thread embroidery; and a 1950 custom-made Hattie Carnegie lace wedding gown.