Matrimonial Bedsheets: detail, bedsheet 2 of 3
orlon, cotton, human hair, silk, tulle
This triptych of bedsheets were woven with a slit in the middle, in order to recreate a dowry item based on a Hasidic Jewish tradition. The matrimonial bedsheets would have been used on the first night of marriage, with the bride beneath, and the marriage consummated through the slit in order to prevent the man being tainted by the woman's body and/or sexuality. The bedsheets in this triptych progressively bring to the surface what is meant to be hidden underneath.