Berkeley, CA: The Judah L. Magnes Museum, 1979. First Edition. Softbound. Quarto, paper covers, 80 pp., b/w and color illustrations, list of binders, map, glossary, select bibliography. Very Good. Item #29397
One of the few works on this subject. Torah binders or wimpels are textiles made from the cloth which covers the new-born male during the circumcision ceremony. This is largely a phenomenon of the Jews of the German speaking lands. These cloths were cut into (usually) narrow ribbons and embroidered with a notice of the details of the birth and with decorative illustrations and designs. They were then used as a cinch to tie the two sides of the Torah scroll together when the Torah was placed back in the ark.