Ethiopian Curtain of the Ark, installation view at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012
Ethiopian Curtain of the Ark | Handmade embroidery | Hand loom woven cotton fabric | 6.5 x 8' | 2012
The embroidery was executed at the “Almaz” factory—a traditional Ethiopian embroidery workshop based in Lod, Israel. It was embroidered by 8 different needle-workers who were tracing Michaeli's illustrations (see below).
The 16 panels included in the embroidery provide a visual narrative to the story of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon.
The Love Story of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon | Video | 2012 | Israel
In the video, Aviva Almaz Rachamim, the manager of a small Ethiopian embroidery factory in Israel, tells the canonical story of the encounter between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. Rachamim recites the popular fable in Amharic, while the while the needle workers complete the embroidery in the background.
Ethiopian Curtain of the Ark (A series of 16 Preparatory drawings) | Acrylic on paper | 11 x 14" each | 2012
* This project was commissioned by the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art.
© Ido Michaeli, 2020