Rozenfeld Doll Museum Safed

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Rozenfeld Doll Museum
Rozenfeld Doll Museum
המוזיאון הבובות
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Rozenfeld Museum
Safed based museum depicting clothing styles of different eras and locations.

Mila Rozenfeld's Doll Museum was established in the Artists Quarter, Safed in 1994 to provide visitors with an opportunity to view the styles of clothing that people wore in different periods of time and in different regions of the world.


[edit] Mila Rozenfeld

Mila Rozenfeld immigrated to Tzfat from Russia in 1991. She is a graduate of the Technological Institute of Russia and has a specialization in modeling, design and fashion. She also holds a degree in history from the Pedagogical Institute.

[edit] Establishing a Museum

Mila wanted to find a way to combine these two interests, history and fashion. She was offered use of the gallery in the Ziffer Sculpture Garden on Tet Vav Street in the Artists Quarter. The house had once belonged to the sculptor, Moshe Ziffer, who bequeathed it to the City of Tzfat, with the provision that it be used to help aspiring artists. The city gave Mila the gallery to allow her to establish herself in Tzfat.

[edit] Tragedy

In 1994, shortly after Mila opened her gallery, her daughter Alla was killed in a bus bombing in Tel Aviv. Mila continued to develop her gallery and several years later she moved her gallery to the Estham building at the entrance to Joseph Caro Street in the Old City. There she opened as a museum, displaying her dolls and their costumes.

[edit] Exhibition

The Doll Museum is divided into three sections, Jewish costumes, European costumes and costumes which depict folklore of various regions of the world.

[edit] Hand-Made Dolls

Mila hand-crafts her dolls from high-quality porcelain. She creates them in exact proportion to the human body and proceeds with every stage of the doll’s production from the porcelain casting stage through painting facial features on the dolls. She creates each body part, puts the body together and paints on skin tones. All of the body parts are movable. Each doll takes from three months to two years to create.

[edit] Costume Design

Mila’s costumes depict various historical periods. Dolls include depictions of European aristocrats, royal personalities and Jews of the diaspora. She carefully researches each costume to ensure that it is historically correct. Mila hand-sews each costume and does all of the embroidery and trim herself. There are approximately 100 dolls on display at the museum, displayed in glass cases.


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