Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Eli and Kavi's ketubahThe very warm colors of this ketubah were selected by the bride and groom to be carried out in the border design as well as the wildflowers wrapping the huppah poles.  Around the border are the words of the Hebrew text from Hosea 2:19 : “And I will betroth you to me for ever; I will betroth you to me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercy.”  You will notice that the text is broken up so that you start reading in the middle right following over the top, and then pick up again in the middle right and read down and up to the middle left.  Why?  It’s a calligrapher’s custom to break lettering that runs all around a design so that the reader does not have to stand on his or her head to read upside-down text at the bottom!

This design brings traditional imagery from many cultures together: Celtic knotwork, Persian tile patterns, contemporary north American floral painting, and the color scheme that resonates with the bride’s southern Indian heritage. Notice the very tiny tsitsit in the corners of the huppah canopy, a visual reminder of the couple’s commitment to Jewish living.

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