A very traditional wedding gift
I had made this atara/tallit neckband about 15 years ago.
The grandson of the owner of this atara is now marrying my niece. It is traditional for the bride’s family to buy the bridegroom a new tallit. My future nephew-in-law asked me to recreate this atara for him.
I was more than happy to oblige. The tallit that Eli chose is a pale blue waffle weave with darker blue and white stripes. He’s a red head. Soft blues suit him.
My first task was creating the choshen/ the priestly breastplate.
I bought the mirror squares at my local least favorite store, Michael's. I glued the squares onto the silk which I had backed with fusible fleece.
My plan was to sew each mirror square onto the prepared silk using a different stitch pattern.
All in all it took about two work days to get all of those squares done.
Now it’s time to construct the rest of the atara.