Torah binder, Strigno, Trento, Italy, 1668


A Torah binder or a wimple, is a long and narrow strip of cloth that wraps around the Torah like a belt. Customarily, the Torah binder is made from the cloth used to wrap a baby boy at his Brit Milah and contains blessings or dedications.
The binder is usually decorated with intricate embroidery, or made out of a special fabric like silk brocade, damask, or velvet.
The binder on display, comes from the town of Strigno, in Northern Italy and is one of the oldest items in the museum’s collection. It is made of fine linen cloth and contains silk thread, multicolored embroidery. The binder is dedicated to the blessed memory of Rabbi Aharon Zifroni from Strigno.