A blast from my past…
I had made this atara/tallit neckband several years ago for the father of a client.
My client's father was a Cohen . I chose a text from the blessings we recite before the recitation of the Priestly blessing in synagogue.
for You alone we worship in awe
In the center of the atara I created a stylized priestly breastplate. We don’t really know the stones used in the breastplate (despite the certainty of fundamentalists). I chose to represent the stones with twelve mirrors.
Each mirror was embroidered using a different stitch pattern.
The person sitting behind the wearer of the tallit sees their own face in the atara. You can create your own bit of exegesis here. I like how this piece involves both the wearer and his fellow worshipers.
In the next couple of days I will find out if I am to make another of these atarot. I hope I do.