The clothes we wear reflect where, when, and how we live. A new exhibition at the The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) in San Francisco from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, explores Jewish dress spanning centuries and continents. Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, is the largest collection of its kind in the world, containing methods of craft no longer practiced, and divulges much about expressions of beauty, custom, value, and lifestyle in clothing. It leaves us to wonder what we cannot see, what we cannot know for certain, from studying such garments. The clothing reveals much, yet “simultaneously leav[es] some meanings fluid or encoded,” as our external trappings can often be deceiving or lead to erroneous interpretation.
The Textile Lab is open daily during the exhibition for you to explore “with opportunities to dress, weave and stitch; collected interviews and photographs; and with drop-in classes, talks, and gatherings.”
Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem runs from August 30, 2018 through January 6, 2019