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Kmo Turkish


Product Description

The Kmo Tallit (meaning “similar to”), sometimes called a “Turkish-style tallit,” is slightly thicker and heavier than typical tallits, but lighter than the Echt Turkish.
A great choice as a chassan tallis or for anyone who prefers a weighty tallit.

» Half-lining (extends lifespan of the tallit)
» 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.
Size 60 (140 x 190 cm, 55 x 75 inches) $115
Size 70 (150 x 200 cm, 60 x 80 inches) $125
Size 80 (170 x 210 cm, 67 x 83 inches) $135
Size 90 (180 x 210 cm, 71 x 83 inches) $150
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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The Turkish tallit was originally made in Tunisia, but since Tunisia was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1881, tallits made there were referred to as “Turkish.”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, striping pattern and features as authentic Turkish tallits, but uses a lighter weave of wool.

The Echt features unique double-knotted fringes along the edges and is sometimes sold without an atara, because many who opt for the Turkish or Kmo tallit have a special, ornate atara sewn on.

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  1. Kmo Tallit 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th May 2018

    Great Service and tallit is of excellent quality. thank you

  2. Excellent Tallit and service from Ben 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Sep 2015

    I started placing my order for this tallit in December of '13 and have used its as my main tallit since then. It is a lovely tallit though it is at times very warm in the tropical climate I live in. This is in no way a fault; I wanted a heavy tallit and wear it down to my knees so there is a lot of fabric there. With the weight I certainly know it is there which is exactly why I went for a heavier weave.

    I also wanted to have the fringe tied with a single knot instead of the normal double knot; Ben was awesome in making that happen, calling his distributors to ensure it could be done. I would highly recommend you buy your tallit from this shop, it was a great experience and I got exactly what I wanted. I currently have another in my shopping cart (though this time a little lighter one for the summer).

    Thanks again Ben's tallit shop...i love my Kmo Turkish tallit!

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