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Jewish Dress and Jewellery in Europeana Fashion

We are excited to welcome the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (IMJ) as a new associate partner in Europeana Fashion. The IMJ is adding some exceptional Jewish dress and jewellery items to the Europeana Fashion portal.

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Woman’s Coat with a richly decorated lining. Bukhara, Uzbekistan, late 19th century. Collection Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

The stories told by these diverse items travel across time and space. Their histories trace them back around the world, from India to Tunis, from New York to Baghdad and from the Middle Ages to today. Together they make up one of the richest collections of Jewish dress and jewellery in the world.

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Woman’s outfit Baghdadi Jews, Calcutta, India, late 19th century. Gift of Ramah Yehuda, London. Collection Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Items in the collection have been gathered over the past five decades from Jewish communities worldwide. They include dresses, suits, wedding outfits, undergarments, and children’s clothing from both secular and religious Jewish culture.

It will be easy to find IMJ’s items  in the portal as the museum has also contributed fashion terms in Hebrew. That means you can search the entire portal with Hebrew terms and that you can use search terms specific for Jewish dress.

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Wedding Dress. Edirne, Turkey, early 20th century. Gift of Evelyne Mayorkas Hertzig, Dinah Mayorkas Pichot, Jacques Mayorkas, France, Alberte Mayorkas Wadler, New York, in memory of their mother Colombe Papo. Collection Israel Museum, Jerusalem

IMJ’s collection of nearly 500,000 objects  has been built over the past 45 years thanks to the generous support and legacy of gifts by its worldwide patrons. It is now the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums.

Read more about the upcoming exhibition at IMJ Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe  and follow IMJ on Facebook and Twitter.

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