Artist Yair Emanuel, a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, lives and works in Jerusalem. Born on Kibbutz Sha'alvim, he grew up in Jerusalem in an Orthodox home, and later in life adopted a more pluralistic approach to Judaism. This background influenced Emanuel's style which is based upon a fusion of traditional motifs and ancient Jewish manuscripts with modern and oriental art. Vivid and harmonious colors as well as a mixture of the old and new. His tallitot are true works of wearable art.