Maimonides's Attire | Mixed-media | 1.5 x 6 x 1' | 2011
The installation consists of a life-size sculpture, installed behind a display window with a green curtain in the background, and a complementary video.
The sculpture includes jalabiya, turban, keffiyeh and shoulder bands (cotton fabric, silk thread, woven Damascus fabric [silk and 14K gold], raw silk, full-body mannequin, polyester cast, gold plated brass pendant inlaid with 1 NIS coin, and 1000 NIS bill.
Maimonides's Attire | 3:27 minutes | Israel | 2011
The story of Maimonides and Saladin is told in the video by Bilal Abu-Halaf, a cloth merchant from the Old City of Jerusalem who imports textiles from Damascus, Morocco and India.
Abu-Halaf is the third generation of cloth merchants in his family, and regards himself as a descendant of soldiers from a battalion that traveled to Jerusalem during Saladin’s conquest 200 years ago.
Although it was never written, the story of Maimonides's tailored attire was well-known in the Muslim community of the old city of Jerusalem. This folktale was passed from generation to generation by word of mouth.
© Ido Michaeli, 2020