Posted by on Oct 4, 2021 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments


There are times when the blending of families and cultures leads to a synergy where the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.  This document offers a glimpse into one of those magical meldings.  The groom’s father is Ghanaian and the traditional wedding pattern of his home region’s  woven kente cloth became the painted border of this piece. The traditional Jewish papercut art and text in modern Hebrew center the document as part of the centuries-old custom of beautifying the marriage contract with artwork.  There are four small Adinkra symbols which are Ghanaian symbols representing unity/human relationships, love/harmony, cooperation/interdependence, and safety/security.

The rich colors are created with gouache – an opaque water-based paint that was a pleasure to work with on this piece. Sharp knives, sharp pencils, and tiny pointed brushes.  I love my tools!

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