These Lace Holiday bowls can be found at Modern Tribe
Not Your Grandmother’s Lace….
By: Anna Katsnelson
Have you mislaid that beautiful lace that your grandmother brought from Hungary, Romania or Spain? Did you want to use it on your table during the upcoming holidays? Are you longing to start a new tradition this Passover or to continue an old one? What better way to celebrate tradition than by introducing into your home beautiful objects made by a female Jewish artist.
These works of art are exquisite holiday gifts, and will be treasured forever.
Israeli artist, Talila Abraham, has just what you’re looking for. Reclaiming lace for the 21st century, she creates antique lace designs on a variety of metals. Weaving metal like fabric, Abraham produces rare details on the everyday objects of a Jewish home. Elaborate mezuzahs, delicate coasters, dazzling serving bowls and platters are adorned with fine ornamentation.
Abraham uses stainless steel and brass to create intricate patterns that merge into flowers, leaves, petals, and snowflakes. From bobbin lace to ethnic embroidery: Abraham’s influences are the lace-making traditions of Belgium, Holland, Italy, Romania, and even the Beduin nomads. Abraham acknowledges these cultures while reasserting that handmade textiles can have a new life in metals.
Abraham was born in 1965 and graduated from two of Israel’s Technological institutes. She has devoted herself to researching and following in the footsteps of European and Middle Eastern lace-makers while creating an art work that is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.
The Jewish Museum Shop in Manhattan has an exquisite selection of Talila Abraham‘s works for sale.
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128
Seniors (65 and over with ID) $10
Students (full-time with valid ID) $7.50
Children (eleven & under) Free