Maimonides' Attire | Mixed-media | 1.5x6x1 ft | 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 (73x32x24 in), gold plated brass pendant inlaid with 1 NIS coin, and 1000 NIS bill
Maimonides' 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. The story of Maimonides' tailored attire was told in Abu-Halaf's family from generation to generation.
© Ido Michaeli, 2017