We often get inquiries from a kallah shopping for a tallit for the groom-to-be. As most wives know, it's not easy to buy clothes for a man and a tallit can be much more challenging. This week we received an inquiry from a young lady named Leslie who is putting extra effort into her chassan's tallit.
Hi. I'm buying a Tallis for my fiancé. He picked the Prima A.A. style. Is that the very highest quality wool you sell (hard to see detail on line). Can you help us figure out what tzitzit strings should be used for the corners? He's Ashkenazi. What's the difference between the handspun, Radzyn & Ptil Tekhelet? Also I'm needlepointing him a custom designed atara. Would you please tell me the EXACT measurement of the atara so I be sure to have it fit the tallis & cover up the existing atara? My atara for him will be a rectangle (flat edge) without a pointed edge like the one shown in the photo. Thanks! Leslie
Thank you for your inquiry and congratulations on your engagement.
Chatanim is basically the same tallit, except with a slightly denser weave, so it lasts a bit better and hangs a bit straighter. Also, the reinforcement squares on the corners are wool instead of cotton and the fabric is treated to resist stains.
But it would really be best if we sent the atara measurements once we know which size tallit you want, because the length may vary.