Installation view and details, HaKibbutz Gallery, 2011
Jalabiya, turban, keffiyeh and shoulder bands (cotton fabric, silk thread, woven Damascus fabric [silk and 14K gold], raw silk, polyester cast (73x32x24 in), gold plated brass pendant inlaid with 1 NIS coin, 1000 NIS bill
3:27 minutes, Israel, 2011
The story of Maimonides and Saladin is told in the video by Bilal Abu-Halaf, a cloth merchant in 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. The story of Maimonides' tailored attire was told in Abu-Halaf's family from generation to generation.
© Ido Michaeli, 2017