Drawing on the Israel Museum's rich collection of Jewish dress, the largest of its kind worldwide, this colorful volume explores aspects of Jewish identity: integration and segregation; tradition, transition, and innovation. Written for a broad audience, the book addresses such general issues as the impact of widespread migration, as well as specific questions like the ritual requirements that determine special garments.
This presentation of the collection, illuminated by in-depth research, reveals the diversity of pre-modern Jewish attire and documents the dress traditions of many different communities. Lavish pictures of garments are juxtaposed with rare contextual photographs from the Museum's archive, attesting to individual and communal taste and also offering a source of inspiration for fashion designers today.
Joining these images to detailed texts, The Jewish Wardrobe will serve as a lasting resource for scholars and enthusiasts alike.