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Step 1: I print out my sketch on paper and piece them together with tape.  This is one of the first steps in the process for every tallis I make.  It takes about 22 pieces of paper for 1 tallis. The numbers aren’t part of the sketch, they just help me piece the whole thing together.

printed out sketch of hamsa tallis

Step 2: Next I trace the outline onto the stretched silk with a water soluble marker.
Hamsa sketch traced on silk

Step 3: Then I go over the traced outline with gutta or water-soluble resist.
Hamsa outlined in gold resist.

All of this was done in the evening.

My studio has fantastic light in the morning but is lacking in artificial light, so come morning I got a good look at the gold outline against the fabric swatch that my client sent. I didn’t like it. So I did some test swatches.

black hamsa outline on mottled taupe background

Sample 1: I like the simple palette of this one, just black, white, and that weird mystery color. In real life, the colors are a perfect match.

black hamsa outline with sparkly accents on pink-grey background

Sample 2: I like the little bit of visual interest that the sparkly pigment adds. The black is a little washed out because I was too impatient to wait for the paint to cure the full 48 hours for the sample.

gold hamsa outline on sparkly pink background

Sample 3: This with the gold outline... I'm not a big fan of the gold against the cooler tones of the sample fabric.

I have shown them here for folks to comment on.

The swatch in the background is a piece from the dress that will be worn.

It is a very challenging color to work with, a sort of grey taupe not quite purple not quite pink not quite beige not quite sure what color it wants to be.

It’s kind of like the mystery meat of the culinary students at RISD. You aren’t quite sure what it is, and maybe you’ll risk it, but maybe you’d rather not… Good thing I like a challenge 😉 Though I never could bring myself to brave the meat!

In case you were wondering… it turns out that hot fuchsia, burnt umber, black and a touch of cobalt blue softened with a whole lot of water makes mystery color #1.

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A Gallery of Hand Painted Tallits

I have a customer interested in a custom tallis. I just realized that there isn’t an easy place online to see my finished (and sold) works. So, by special request, here is a quick gallery of previous projects.

click on the picture for a larger view

My very first Tallis. This tallit has 18 butterflies hand drawn and painted adorning a pale peach mottled background. The stripes across the bottom are teal. Still one of my favorites.

I promised the customers (some dear friends of mine) that I would never make another that was exactly like this one. Of course, that isn’t possible anyway, due to the nature of the medium. I could make a similar one, but none identical.

I have since made two other butterfly tallesim in yellow:

 

 

Pale Yellow Butterfly Tallis

Pale Yellow Butterfly Tallis

Closeup of Pale Yellow Butterfly Tallit

Closeup of Bright Yellow Butterfly Tallit

Closeup of Bright Yellow Butterfly Tallit

Here you see my “Four Matriarchs” tallis. I have made two in blue, one darker and one lighter. Both have sold. I still have the design which can be made in any color range.

Sarah and Rebekkah

Sarah and Rebekkah

Rachel and Leah

Rachel and Leah

Four Matriarchs Tallis light blue

Four Matriarchs Tallis light blue

Detail four matriarchs

Sarah and Rebekkah

Rachel and Leah

4 Matriarchs Tallis

4 Matriarchs Tallis

I have made several “Birds on a Wire” Taleisim. This is my most popular style. I originally designed it for my own son for his Bar Bitzvah.

Birds on a wire Tallis

Birds on a wire Tallis

Some of these orders have had custom atarot (the band around the collar is called an Atarah). Most have the traditional prayer.

Birds on a Wire closeupBirds on a Wire Tallis

Birds on a Wire closeupBirds on a Wire Tallis

The tree is often used as symbolism in Judaism for Torah and our celebration of life. I was commissioned to make a Tallis for a bat mitzvah who loved this symbolism:

Tree Tallis

Tree Tallis

Tree Tallis, back view

Tree Tallis, back view

Closeup of Tree Tallit

Closeup of Tree Tallit

I have even made a “Cow Tallis” for a dear friend of mine who is a cattle farmer.

Closeup of Cow Tallis

Closeup of Cow Tallis

Cow Tallis

As you can see, I accept requests for just about anything… although I must draw the line at pigs 😉

Pink Floral Tallis and Kippah

Pink Floral Tallis and Kippah

All of my talleisim come with a matching or coordinating kippah and bag and can be purchased through my Etsy shop at kippahmitzvah.etsy.com.

If you don’t see what you are interested in, please convo me on Etsy or email me at kippahmitzvah@hotmail. com

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