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 | 6.5x8 ft. | 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).
Below are the 16 panels included in the embroidery. Read the full encounter story of queen of Sheba, frame by frame, and king Solomon by hovering over each image:
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 queen of Sheba and king Solomon. Rachamim recites the popular fable, while, in the background, the needle workers work on the embroidery.
A series of 16 drawings | Acrylic on paper | 11x14 in. each | 2012
Preparatory drawings for the Ethiopian Curtain of the Ark. The Ethiopian embroiderers used these drawings as patterns for their embroideries.
* This project was commissioned by the Herzliya Museum of contemporary art
© Ido Michaeli, 2017