The following description was prepared by William Gross: The parochet (Hebrew: פרוכת) is the curtain that covers the Aron Kodesh (Torah Ark) containing the Torah scrolls in a synagogue. The parochet symbolizes the curtain that covered the Ark of the Covenant, based on Exodus 40:21. "He brought the ark into the Tabernacle and placed the screening dividing curtain so that it formed a protective covering before the Ark..."
Karaite textiles from the area of Crimea are very rare. This center panel from a Parochet is fashioned in gold metal embroidery on blue silk background. The shape and spacing of letters as well as the word extending into the border decoration in the lower left hand corner give the impression of a folk art piece rather than a sophisticated embroidered creation. The early date and the exotic location add to the significance of the cloth.
Inscription: This is the Parochet that was dedicated Mrts. Mamok Yerushalmit, the righteous, in the memory of herslef: in the memory of her brother, the honorable teacher, the elderly Yitzhak Jigrasi; in the memory of her elderly mother Mrs. Golish Yerushalme: and for the memory of her husband ? the honorable teacher Mordechai Yerushalmi ????; and in the memory of her husband the ?? honorable teacher David Yerushalmi ?????; and in the memory of her nephew the honorable teacher Yitzhak the groom Jirasi; and in the memory of her sister the daugher of the righteiousteacher Menachem, of blessed memory; to the Holy Community of Gozlva [Yevpatoria], May he build our city, Amen; ?????? in the year 5599  according to the major reckoning on the 15th day of the month of Cheshvan.