Well technically I suppose it isn't really finished until the tzitzit (knotted fringes) are attached to the 4 corners, but the family will do that... my part is done! Here is the tallit with the atarah (neck-band) and corners sewn on. Traditionally, the atarah often has a prayer or blessing written on it, but my client opted for a coordinating design instead. The shawl itself is a soft, shimmery and drapey silk charmeuse. The atarah and corners are dupioni, which is a crisper silk and perfect for that purpose.
Tallit, 14 x 72. Dyes and resist on silk charmeuse and silk dupioni [break]
Each of the corner squares has a buttonhole, through which the tzitzit will be threaded.
[break] This is the set of strands from which the tzitzit will be made. There are 12 short strands and 4 long ones; each corner gets 3 short strands and 1 long one which will be tied and knotted in a special way. [break]
This was a really interesting project for me and I'd like to do more... if you know of anyone wanting a one-of-a-kind silk tallit, please send them my way!
The bat mitzvah is on Saturday... here's wishing the family and friends a joyous time together!