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Monday, April 8, 2013

The art of filigree comes alive in Israel

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A traditional Yemenite silversmith shows the secrets of his trade (hint: it's all about silver wires).

Ben-Zion David, a traditional Jewish silversmith of Yemenite descent, is one of Israel's best-known filigree jewelers. His pieces are on display at museums in Israel, Europe and North America.

As he shows here, silver Yemenite jewelry is made out of wires and fashioned using very simple tools. David learned this intricate craft from his father and grandfather.
Today, only a handful of Yemenite silversmiths remain in Israel, twisting together threads of silver with a rich Yemenite heritage.

You can see many of the works in the museum David runs in Old Jaffa to preserve the art of Yemenite filigree and to inspire a new generation.

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