Introducing 'The Kittel Collection'

The kittel is a simple white garment that is traditionally worn by a groom on his wedding day, by men on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Seder nights, and as a burial shroud. In this space, over the course of the next several months, I will use the kittel to explore the many ways that clothing is used as a metaphor for meaning and identity within Jewish tradition and literature.

The first such piece examines the ways that so much of the traditional Jewish modesty ( tzniut ) literature transmits the message that a woman’s body is something shameful and something that must be locked away — while, at the same time, grotestquely sexualizing the female form.

View a video about the project below:

Jacqueline Nicholls is a London-based artist, whose paper-cutting series was featured last year on The Sisterhood. Her website is jacquelinenicholls.com.

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Introducing 'The Kittel Collection'

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