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Italian prayer shawl (Tallit, Talled or Manto di Preghiera)

Ivory silk prayer shawls bordered with light blue stripes are typical of Italian Jewry. The silk fabric and coloring of the Italian talled (Hebrew, tallit) were usually combined with additional embroidered or appliqué decorations. A varied repertoire of stitches was often applied with ivory silk threads, lending the talled elegance, solemnity, and a textural richness. Sometimes the talled was …