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Chuppah: Custom Made from Family Tallitot/Prayer Shawls

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"Both my husband and I cried when we saw the chuppah. It is lovelier than I had imagined it and so beautifully pulls together cherished memories while also representing the strong ties between generations." --Mother of the Bride

The wedding chuppah traditionally symbolizes the home a new couple will create together. It is open on all sides to show that this home will be open to friends, family, and strangers in need. This chuppah also opens upward, demonstrating the couple's commitment to bringing God into their lives.

Many couples choose to use a tallit, or prayer shawl, that belonged to a relative or ancestor. This is a beautiful and traditional practice. Many couples also look to their chuppah as one way to personalize their wedding. There are many ways to combine these two ideas. Please contact me to discuss incorporating a family tallit or other heirloom into your custom-made chuppah. [the tallit need not be cut, or permanently altered, if that is a concern. The prayer shawls in this piece are not included, but supplied by the couple, or their families. Please see the following listing for another way to personalize a tallit for your chuppah: https://www.etsy.com/listing/108305834/chuppah-awning-for-tallit-chuppahwindow]

For the chuppah pictured, the bride's family provided two tallitot-- one that belonged to the bride, and one to her sister. The neck pieces are turned in, as if facing each other, and the tallitot are bound together by a shawl that belonged to the bride's maternal grandmother. Tzit-tzit, or fringes, that had been attached to the corners of the shawl, are sewn to the upper side of the sheer material, reaching inward and upward, a material expression of the family ties we are born with, and the lifelong bond we choose for ourselves when we marry.

I design and create custom chuppot using a variety of techniques, including batik, silk screen, fabric painting, and quilting. After your ceremony, you can hang your chuppah in your home to remind you of your special day-- or use it to decorate a wall of your sukkah. Several months lead time is ideal, but please don't hesitate to contact me on shorter notice and we will work something out. Prices vary depending on the complexity of your design. Please see my other listings for a sense of the range that is possible.

Contact me and we will create a unique, beautiful chuppah for your wedding.

Please note, I put grommets in the corners of the chuppah so it can be attached to poles. I do not ship poles, but can give advice on length and where to purchase them or cut them yourself.

Chuppah: Custom Made from Family Tallitot/Prayer Shawls


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sewing, silk, tallit, tzit tzit, sheer silk, prayer shawls, shawl
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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