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Matzah cover (1995). 100% cotton.
Pieced patchwork, with counted cross-stitch and hand-stitched lettering
and details. Measurements: 24"x24."
When I designed this cover, I knew
that I wanted to avoid the usual blue or red velvet, machine-stitched
designs that are so popular. In the center, I placed a dresden plate
motif, with the Hebrew words for "Holiday of Matzot"
stitched across it. On each of the four sides, I depicted a theme
from the Passover Haggadah. For example,
on the Seder night, we retell the story of the Israelites: Exodus
from slavery in Egypt. This begins with the Four Questions, which
are designed to involve children in retelling and reenacting the
story of the Exodus. Here I wrote the opening words to the first
of the Four Questions, starting with the words, "Why is this
night different from all other nights?" and then stitched pictures
to symbolize the answers: matzah, bitter
herbs, the egg with salt water, and a rabbit reclining on a pillow.
To depict the "Four Sons," who characterize four approaches
to the Exodus, I used four animals: a monkey for the Wise Son, an
alligator for the Evil Son, a rhinoceros for the Simple Son, and
a goose for the son who could not even ask any questions. On the
third side, I stitched in Hebrew the commandment that everyone at
the Seder must drink the Four Cups
of wine, and then stitched the cups of wine, together with the four
different expressions describing how God saved the Jews in Egypt:
"I brought them out," "I saved them," "I
carried them," and "I saved them." (Exodus 6:6-7)
The cover is divided into three compartments to hold the three separate
pieces of matzah that represent the
three groups of Jews, Cohanim, Levites, and Israelites, and each
compartment is marked with a hand-stitched tab for "Cohen,"
"Levi," and "Israel."
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