In Hebrew, Gil is joy and Gilgul is rolled up, metamorphosis or reincarnation. Gilgulim is the essence of what I do; I roll my beads with joy and give new life to materials no longer needed by their owners.
As a textile designer, I love fabrics that relate the history and stories of women. Garments and fabrics represent culture, society, morals and ancient knowledge. I am one woman in a long chain of women, who uses a needle and thread to combine colors and textures to spin more stories.
Let me guess; if you are visiting my TAFA page it means we have at least one thing in common – we are both lovers of textiles! My love for textiles, buttons, beads, lace and ribbons goes back to the time when I was a little girl visiting my grandma’s house. My grandma had a room full of cupboards of all sizes and colors in which she piled her treasures that came all the way from her father’s shop in Germany in 1939. Her treasures included fur coats, stray keys, string, mother of pearl buttons, crystal buttons, cotton nightgowns with lace and linen that she received for her wedding. This room was my paradise.
When I grew up, I followed my passion and became a textile designer. Many of the necklaces I design are made from second-hand neckties and used garments. Neckties have always been a mystery to me. No man in my environment has ever used one. Undoing this unknown object, using its tiny beautiful, colorful prints and turning it into female decorations was a challenge to me.
I try to use as many recycled, reused or second-hand materials as possible. Every article is hand-cut, ironed and stitched by hand in my home studio with great love and care. I do believe that in our over-industrialized world, some of us are seeking items that better express our own very unique taste and personality.
If you are a textile and street-fashion lover, Gilgulim’s soft, light, bright and unique jewels might be your choice. After all, we are both lovers of textiles!