(swaddling cloth for newborn baby)
Forthcoming baby's first dress or swaddling cloth.
In Sephardic communities, women gather in a ceremony (“kortadura de fashadura,” the cutting of the textile) to prepare the forthcoming baby’s first dress or swaddling cloth. The large piece of fabric is covered with sweets and coins as symbols of a sweet and prosperous life.
An explanation and ceremony of the cutting of the textile.
“Kortar Fashadura: A Sephardic Baby Shower.” Exploring Sephardic Life Cycle Customs, University of Washington Sephardic Studies Program in the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.
Juhasz, Esther, editor. Sephardi Jews in the Ottoman Empire: Aspects of Material Culture. Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 1990, p. 256.
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