passion for color, love of beauty and a desire to unite beauty with ritual
art as expressed in the commandment of hiddur mitzvot were the driving
forces behind the creation of Gatt’s studio for cloth Judaica.
“I visualize the finished piece in
my mind. I know how it should look and the feeling it will convey — the
challenge is to create that work I see so clearly.”
As often happens during times of personal
change, Gatt’s entry into a new venture, began when her father died. At the
time, in tribute to his memory, the family decided to donate an ark curtain
to their synagogue. Gatt knew immediately that the parochet [curtain
for the ark] that would meet her standards of color and beauty would not be
found among the traditional suppliers in Bnei Brak. She set out to create
the parochet she so clearly envisioned. From that small beginning,
Gatt developed her Judaica studio of works executed in fabric. Cloth covers
for Torah scrolls and curtains for the ark, as well as wedding canopies,
and on a smaller scale, challah covers, are designed and produced in Gatt’s
Although formally trained in economics,
Gatt’s informal training in color and composition is the key to her work.
Subtle manipulations of colors, either in monochromatic tones or multi-hued
shades, and the patterns she creates, identify her signature designs.
Raised in a religious household, and
the daughter of a Prisoner of Zion who came to Israel in the 1920s, Gatt
is a former kibbutznik. Strongly against a monoploy of religion by any one
sect, Gatt feels that the tradition of a family chuppah [wedding
canopy] is a wonderful way to promote family continuity and Jewish values.