Why did Gabrieli Tallit name their rainbow-stripe design the Joseph’s Coat Tallit? Actually the original Hebrew is כתונת פסים (kethoneth passim), which can be translated according to various interpretations. Possible translations include “royal garment,” “colorful garment,” “embroidered garment” or “striped garment.” Alternatively, the word passim may denote the material the coat was made of, which according to Rashi was fine wool.
All of these descriptions apply to the Gabrieli Joseph’s Coat Tallit. Whether the marketing managers at Gabrieli had all of these interpretations in mind when they gave the tallit its name, I cannot say, but to my mind the name Joseph’s Coat fits this tallit quite well.
One tallit maker that offers an effiminate version of the Joseph’s Coat Tallit describes it in very poetic terms: “Joseph’s Coat inspires memories of brotherly conflict, capture, Egyptian incarceration, dream interpretation, greatness, famine, and family reunification. It is the stuff that makes Judaism live and helps us to realize the weaknesses and humanity of our forefathers.”
It definitely is a striking design and the Gabrieli version offers fine craftsmanship in a range of color options: rainbow stripes on a blue, gray, white or black base.