What's New?

A Letter from Yosi

After 35 years and 4 locations, Sarajo, founded by Sara Penn and I, will be entering a young and creative era at a new Brooklyn location. Coinciding with the move is the changing of the guards with a familiar face, Jess Petino. Previously the gallery manager, she is set to take over the helm while I consult and continue to share my knowledge.

Sarajo will continue to bring you the best of collectible and decorative ethnographic garments and textiles. As we expand our online presence in hope of reaching collectors around the world, our brick and mortar still will be around for you to see and feel our collection in person.

I am very excited to witness this new iteration of Sarajo.


A Letter from Jess

Hello, textile lovers!

Sarajo may have a new look, new website, new location, new owner - but the same love for antique and vintage textiles.

After devoting the past 30+ years of his life to creating the Sarajo you know and love today, Yosi Barzilai is ready to take a back seat and pass the torch to me, Jess Petino. While my career began as a set designer & scenic painter in the theater industry, I’ve had 5 years of working at Sarajo learning under the guidance of Yosi.

I began my journey in 2018 as a Gallery Assistant and Restoration Artist, but was soon promoted to a managerial position in 2019, and was asked to take over in 2021. I’m very excited to take on Sarajo and make it my own, while still honoring the history of the store. 

Under my ownership, I’m committed to emphasizing sustainability in my business ethos.  Antique textiles are inherently sustainable, and I’m committed to using eco-friendly shipping materials whenever possible. My new vision for Sarajo also seeks to make antique textiles more accessible to everyone, because I believe our gorgeous pieces belong in any home.

I’m so excited for this new incarnation of Sarajo, and can’t wait for you to see what we have in store!