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Torah covers become women’s dresses

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A Jewish fashion designer unveiled a line of clothing using parchment and velvet Torah covers for women’s dresses.

Fashion designer Levi Okunov, who was raised in a Hasidic family in Brooklyn, unveiled his upcoming fall fashion line Thursday night at New York’s Jewish Museum. In the past, Okunov’s clothing designs have included the use of Shabbat tablecloths, Kabbalistic imagery and tallitot, or Jewish prayer shawls.

In a recent interview, Okunov said his latest dresses were inspired by a teaching of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, who said that every person is like a Torah scroll.

The event at the Jewish Museum concluded a two-week exhibit called Off The Wall that brought innovative Jewish artists to produce work at the museum.

 

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