May 11

Ketubah of the Day

Samarkand Papercut Ketubah

by Enya Keshet

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In my day-dreams I have been drawn to the magic silk-road cities of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva, and to the unbelievable treasures of art and craftsmanship in their palaces. This ketubah draws its elements and its color plate from those places, turquoise and blue, orange and red. The words “ketubah”, Kallah (bride) and Hatan (groom) in the border are followed by the words from the seventh blessing of the marriage: love and unity, friendship and peace.At the top windows, I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.



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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.