Papercut Ketubah Design

Tel Aviv, Israel

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The Joy of Making Papercut Ketubot

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  • Oren Loloi

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I'm an artist living in Tel Aviv after making aliyah from New York City. This shop exists today thanks to my wonderful wife who originally asked me to design and create a papercut ketubah for our own wedding.

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Last updated on Feb 26, 2019


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Frequently asked questions

Will the Color of the Paper Look Exactly Like the Photos?

Every screen displays colors a bit differently. Because of this it is impossible to accurately show the exact shade of a color. There are various factors that affect the way a particular color looks in real life. Ambient light will make paper appear lighter or darker depending on the time of day, and different light bulbs emit different color casts, which affect the look of colors. The color charts are meant to give a general idea of the colors available. The exact shade may vary significantly from what you see on the screen. If color accuracy is important to you, make sure to ask that I do not include a backing layer so that you can mount the white papercut on a backing of your choi

Care instructions

Because of it’s UV rays, sunlight is the enemy of anything you want to keep for a long time. I use fade resistant materials and inks, but nothing can withstand direct sunlight for years at a time. You should display your ketubah on a wall that doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight. If you want an added layer of protection, you should ask for Anti-UV glass when you have it framed. Also beware of moisture. Don't get the ketubah wet, as water will destroy it. Don't hang it anywhere that can expose your ketubah to steam or condensation.

You will want to use a high quality archival pen when signing. Choose one that uses pigment ink and that specifies that it is “lightfast” or “fade resistant”. I recommend Sakura Micron pens.

Will the ketubah arrive ready to display?

Your ketubah will ship flat in protective packaging so there is no need to flatten it. To display it at the wedding I taking your ketubah to a custom framing shop before the wedding so they can mount it for display inside a frame. You will pick your frame, which your framer will temporarily cover with plexiglass or mylar to make sure nothing happens to the ketubah during the wedding. Make sure your ketubah is mounted on a non-buffered archival mat. You want it to be 100% acid free. After the wedding you can take it back to the framing shop to be sealed.

How Long Before the Wedding Should I Order A Ketubah?

Don’t wait until the last minute. Making a ketubah is an involved process. We will need to gather information and communicate back and forth with your rabbi or officiant until the text is approved. Because of this you should allow enough time before the wedding to account for approval, production, and shipping.

Turnaround time after final approval is two weeks plus the time it takes for delivery. I recommend ordering several months ahead of time. This is mainly for peace of mind.

For couples who need faster service there are options even as close as two weeks before the wedding!

Can You Fill In Our Ketubah?

Absolutely! I can fill in any ketubah text. Orthodox or Conservative ketubah text proofs will have to be checked and approved by your rabbi. In case you or your rabbi require an alternative text version, you can send me an editable file in txt, rtf, or MS Word. You are also more than welcome to provide your own text as well. Note that PDF and JPEG files are not acceptable formats as they are image files.

If we send you a text of our own, will you translate it from English to Hebrew?

Abolutely. There is an add-on charge of for translation services. Please look for the appropriate listing for translation services and add it to your shopping cart before your purchase. The translation listing can also be added on separately at a later time if you prefer.

Is the Text Handwritten Calligraphy or Printed?

The text is gicleè printed using the highest quality digital technology.

While the paper-cutting is handmade, I do not offer handwritten text at this time.

Can I Get My Text In A Color Other Than Black or Gray?

I do not recommend using any color for your text other than black or gray. It is possible to get your text in a different color, but the most chemically stable color (even among lightfast inks) is black or gray, which is made with pure carbon pigment. Other colors are not as reliably stable and may fade over time either due to chemical instability or lightfastness issues. I'm not saying that they will definitely fade, as the inks are rated lightfast and are meant to last for many years, but it is a risk that you have to be willing to accept. If you understand this and still want your text in a different color, specify so in a message and I will accommodate your request.

What Kind of Paper Do You Use?

I use fine art paper from the Fabriano mill in Italy. Fabriano was founded in the year 1264 in the eponymous city in Italy and is the oldest paper mill in the world. Fabriano paper has been used historically by the such illustrious figures as Giambattista Bodoni, Michelangelo and Beethoven. This paper has a high cotton content, is Acid Free, produced with pure E.C.F. pulp (Elemental Chlorine Free), and is F.S.C. certified from forests responsibly managed respectful of environmental, social and economic standards. In accordance to ISO 9706 'LONG LIFE' regulations, this paper is guaranteed to have long permanence in time and highly lightfast colors.