Woman’s coat. Bukhara, Uzbekistan, late 19th century. Brocaded silk, ikat-dyed silk and cotton lining. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, B64.12.4226. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Mauro Magliani
Examine how an individual’s surroundings affect choices in fashion and dress. How does clothing disclose information about gender, age, background, and customs? Students consider these questions while examining Jewish costumes from Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Greece, Morocco, Algeria, India, Egypt, and more, primarily from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The variety of costumes on display attests to the diversity of Jewish communities around the globe.