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Echt Turkish

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$144.00


Product Description

Sometimes referred to as the Echt Turkish Tallit (“genuine Turkish tallit”), this is the heaviest black-on-white wool tallit available. No atara. Features the traditional Turkish thick black band and double-knotted side fringes, which lend added flare. Made in Israel.
 
Owing to the dense fabric, this tallit lasts for years and therefore includes added features to make sure it retains its look over time.

» Double-knotted fringes
» Half-lining
» Sidebands

Note: If you would like to have a different atara sewn on, go to our Atara page and add an atara to your cart.

 

The History of the Turkish Tallit

The Turkish tallit was originally made in Tunisia, but since Tunisia was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1881, tallits made there were referred to as “Turkish.”

This talit became popular because one of the Turkish sultans had banned flax plants, effectively making Tunisia a linen-free zone. Since wool products from Tunisia were known to be free of linen, there was no need to be concerned that one’s wool tallit contained shatnez.

These Turkish tallits became a sought-after commodity in various Jewish communities, particularly in Chassidic circles.

In 2008 it was found that Turkish tallits could no longer be safely assumed to be free of linen and therefore require rabbinic supervision like other tallits.

Echt Turkish vs. Kmo Turkish


Today two types of Turkish tallits are available. The Echt Turkish Tallit (“genuine Turkish prayer shawl”) is made from Tunisian wool, whose dense weave makes it the heaviest traditional wool tallit found. The Kmo Tallit (“faux”) employs the same design, pattern and features as authentic Turkish tallits, but uses a somewhat lighter weave of wool.

Both the Echt and the Kmo often feature unique double-knotted fringes along the edges. They are sometimes sold without an atara, because many Chassidim who opt for the Turkish or Kmo tallit have a special, ornate atara sewn on.

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  1. very happy 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jan 2017

    What I wanted in the beginning was the Hamefoar Prestige tallit based on the look, but I wanted the weight of the Echt Turkish, but with single fringes and a Traditional Atara. In the end I decided for the Echt Turkish because i want to feel the weight of the commandments and G-ds will when I pray. The Echt Turkish tallit is beautiful. It is nice and heavy, stays on and doesn't slip and the Traditional Atara is fantastic. I cried when I held the tallit in front of me for the blessing, this was probably more spiritual in nature, but i am so grateful for this very beautiful tallit to clothe me in prayer. When first inspecting the tallit there were some stitching threads that i had to trim, but everything else was great. Very minimal adjustments needed when being worn, once its on it stays on, depending on how actively you daven. I am 6 feet tall and got the 70 size, if i could i would get the 80 because I am a bigger man. I also got the thick Ptil Tekhelet which I am very happy with too. Overall I am very impressed and will continue to shop at Ben's Tallit Shop for my Judaic needs. Thank you


  2. Great product and great experience 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jul 2016

    Beautifully made and gorgeous looking tallit. Ben provides great advice, asks the important questions and assures a total quality experience.


  3. Quality Item 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Nov 2015

    This is a beautifully made tallis and is a great hiddur mitsvah to use it....certainly feels like it is "there," which is a wonderful aid to my kavanah. Thank you also, Ben, for your excellent personalised service!


  4. Real Craftsmanship 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jun 2014

    The Echt Tallit you sent is not just a quality product, it´s real craftmanship, and it feels great when I wear it.

    Me and my family are the only Jews in the place where I live, so I wear it just in my home. For me is not to show it, but to fulfill the mitzvah with kavanah, and this tallit helps me in that.


  5. tallis 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jun 2013

    wonderful tallis, great work and very beautiful ateret, thank you.


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