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On Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 12:30pm to 1:45pm EST, the Italian Studies Program of Muhlenberg College will host a FREE webinar featuring young Italian entrepreneurs, Dora and Sofia Piperno, entitled: “The Silk Tallit: A Story of Jewish-Italian Rediscovery & Entrepreneurship.”
Dora and Sofia Piperno grew up in a Jewish family in Rome. In 2016 the two sisters founded a company with a very particular business plan: to resurrect the ancient Jewish-Italian tradition of silk tallit manufacturing, and market their products to a global public.
The tallit (pl: tallitot) is a Jewish ritual prayer shawl, and the Jews of Italy had a long tradition of making ornate, exquisitely crafted tallitot out of fine Italian silk and embroidery; however, this art was lost during the tumultuous 20th century.
After extensive historical research, the Piperno sisters founded a company, Talled di Seta, that produces magnificent tallitot out of fine Italian silk according to the ancient practice. They will share with us the centuries-old tradition of Jewish silk textile art and production in Italy, the Jewish-Italian custom of silk tallitot, and the ins and outs of creating a business that produces and markets a high-quality local product on a global scale.
The event will take place via Zoom, and is free and open to the public. You can join us by visiting the webpage of the Italian Studies Program at Muhlenberg College: https://www.muhlenberg.edu/academics/llc/languages/italian/ .
This program is made possible thanks to the generosity of Muhlenberg College and the Lehigh University Berman Center for Jewish Studies, with support from the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation.