Tunic, Peru, The Textile Museum 91.341

Lecture: New Designs in Judaic Needlework

Rachel Braun, author

Author Rachel Braun explores how Jewish and Biblical texts can be embroidered—literally and figuratively—in original needlecraft designs. The results have been elegant and inspiring, and have graced the walls of libraries and places of worship. Braun is a high school mathematics teacher, Torah chanter, synagogue service leader, and Jewish educator, and she brings all three areas of expertise together in this work. For her first book, Embroidery and Sacred Text: New Designs in Judaic Needlework, Braun presents color photographs of nineteen new designs, forty embroidery motifs, and ten new embroidery alphabets, in Hebrew and English, in stunning photographs accompanied by commentary on the designs’ spiritual lessons, needlework techniques, and the underlying mathematical structures of embroidery designs.

This program is part of the museum's weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores the textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more. Free, no reservations required.