May 4

Ketubah of the Day

Holding Hands Papercut Ketubah

by Enya Keshet

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This papercut is in one (white) piece without a background. The motives in this design are derived from Henna art, the traditional Middle East and Eastern Asia festive wedding embellishments painted on the bride’s hands and feet in a special ceremony.



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Enya Keshet was born in Pardes Hanna, Israel. As a young woman she moved to Jerusalem, where she studied at the Hebrew University and at Bezalel Academy of Art. After the birth of her three children, she became increasingly interested in Judaic art. Her first experience in paper cutting was an experimental one, when she created a paper-cut illustration for a school project her daughter was working on. Her acquaintance and friendship with a traditional scribe (sofer) led her to the idea of combining the art of paper cutting with the calligraphy of Megillot (scrolls). Her artwork has evolved extensively from this beginning. In 1994 she moved back to her hometown of Pardes Hanna, where her studio is today. A significant part of Enya's work is in the style of the Lisbon manuscript workshop, which flourished at the end of the fifteenth century, a workshop which produced the famous Lisbon Bible and many other illuminated manuscripts currently in the collections of major museums in London, Paris, and New York.

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