Monday, June 2, 2008

Maskit: A Local Fabric

Maskit was an enterprise started in the early 50's (my history may be off, I can't find much about it, only this great book I got at the Eretz Museum, Maskit A Local Fabric). The driving force behind this idea was Ruth Dayan. She wanted to start an income for newcomers to Israel who had been uprooted from their normal lives. The immigrants would use their skills whether it was in embroidery, jewelry making, weaving...etc and create orginals designs and styles that would then become an Israeli style. The book I have is so interesting. At the archive there are a lot of Maskit pieces, and today..... I met one of the first and main designers! She came in to drop off some pieces. Above is one of the pieces that was used in high fashion from 1962. She designed the woven fabric (which is actually leather and wool) for this "Dior Cloth" piece. Love!!
image from the book Maskit A Local Fabric.


Anonymous said...

THRILLED TO FIND YOUR PAGE ON "MASKIT". I want to write a paper on it and would appreciate any information and/or photographs.
contact me at

Anonymous said...

These are a couple of great blogs about Maskit

zoe said...


nurit bat-yaar said...

Dear Zoe,
There's a lot of info about Maskit in my book
"שיכרון עיצובים - אמנות האופנה בישראל"
In many of the book's chapters.

some info about it can be found in my blog about the book @

All the best,
Nurit Bat-Yaar.