Crafts of Israël
The vigor, diversity, and charm of Israel's craftsmanship, captured in hundreds of beautiful pictures
The crafts shown here are fashioned by many people from many distant lands who came together in Israel, bringing with them the folklore and skills rooted in the traditions of their origins — Yemenite, Persian, Moroccan, Bokharan, Indian. Under the guidance and sponsorship of Ruth Dayan they have developed their own special style — an originality of design based on native arts, shaped and colored by Israel's history, by the deserts and rocks and waters of the land itself, by archaeological discoveries of ancient objects, by the world of myth and symbolism, and by the rich imagery of the Old Testament.
AND THE LORD SPOKE UNTO MOSES, SAYING: SEE, I HAVE CALLED BY NAME BEZALEL ... TO DEVISE SKILFUL WORKS, TO WORK IN GOLD, AND IN SILVER, AND IN BRASS, AND IN THE CUTTING OF STONES FOR SETTING, AND IN CARVING OF WOOD, TO WORK IN ALL MANNER OF WORKMANSHIP.
Crafts of Israel focuses on the past as it is reflected in the crafts of the present. It is organized in two basic sections: first, an overview of the crafts as a whole; and second, the presentation of each individual craft, its development, and its relation to life in Israel today. Brief biographies of famous and lesser-known artists and craftsmen from seventy different backgrounds show how they adapted to the new country while still retaining their individual heritage. Their craftwork now competes in the world's markets, chiefly through Maskit, the Israel Centre of Handicrafts' international outlet.
AND THOU SHALT MAKE A VEIL OF BLUE, AND PURPLE, AND SCARLET, AND FINE TWINED LINEN.
More than 300 illustrations, many in full color, explore a wide range of handicrafts, from early Roman and Byzantine antiquities in the Israel Museum to original contemporary creations. There are ceramics by students at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, gold and silver jewelry, religious objects, details of ceramic walls, stoneware sculptures, fabrics from traditional to modern, batiks, silk-screened cloth, appliqués, wall hangings, bobbin lace work, wool rugs in striking designs, handwoven Irish wool and other handsome materials, Siona Shimshi's high-fired clay works, dolls, glass and stoneware vases and bowls, and high-fashion wearing apparel.
A GOLDEN BELL AND A POMEGRANATE, UPON THE HEM OF THE ROBE ROUND ABOUT.
Here is truly the work of a great people with a strong national identity, shown for the first time in its full spectrum, and accompanied by an eloquent and richly informative text. Crafts of Israel wilt be a source of pleasure for all readers—and a special source of inspiration for designers and craft workers.
RUTH DAYAN, a native-born Israeli, has been devoted to furthering the crafts of Israel for over twenty-five years, and is an authority on Israel and its crafts. Her active support of crafts has created jobs for many immigrants, and has helped bring together Arab and )ew in Israel.
WILBURT FEINBERG, one of Israel's leading graphic designers, is currently on a special assignment in Thailand.