Tallit with Blue Stripes

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May 062014

The traditional wool blue-striped tallit is a perennial favorite. Blue seems to be a popular color for tallit striping among bar mitzvah boys and adult men alike. And blue stripes are apropo in just about any congregation, from very traditional to very modern.

Blue and Silver TallitIf you intend to stick close to the traditional wool tallit and want to go with blue striping, you can choose between blue, blue with silver and blue with gold. Note that the Mishkan Hatchelet tallits have an all white atara (neckband) on the blue-striped version, while the blue-silver and blue-gold use an atara with the Tzitzit Blessing. I recommend you insist on a wool tallit, but if you are on a budget and need a very inexpensive tallit, you can buy an acrylan tallit with blue stripes.

I would have divided this post into traditional and modern styles, but the problem is that when it comes to blue-striped tallits, there’s a fine line between modern and traditional. If you take a look at the tallits on this page, you’ll see what I mean. If you know you want a modern style, take a look at our Modern Tallit page and our handwoven tallit selection.

Tallit Tips: Black & Silver or Blue & Silver

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Nov 282012

Silver pinstripes can enhance the look of a tallit dramatically. Two or our most popular traditional wool talleisim are the Prima A.A. Tallit with black and silver stripes and the Prima A.A. Tallit with blue and silver stripes. The latter is also a good choice for those who want a tallit with techelet tzitzit.

Black & Silver TallitBlue and Silver TallitThe atara (neckband) on both of these talleisim come with the Tzitzit Blessing embroidered on it. The Prima A.A. is a high quality 100% wool tallit made at the Mishkan Hatchelet production center in Be’er Sheva. If you order the standard machine-spun thin tzitzit, Mishkan Hatchelet ties them on the tallit, but if you have a special request, such as thick tzitzit, techelet tzitzit, Sephardic tying, etc., we tie the tzitzit in-house. Both the black and silver tallit and the blue and silver tallit come with an option to add a matching wool tallit bag for just $12.50.

Gabrieli Black & Silver Tallit

Black and Silver Tallit by Gabrieli Hand WeavingAnother option is the black and silver tallit by Gabrieli Hand Weaving. Made at their weaving studio in Rechovot, it can be made of either wool, cotton or silk. The wool is made of a thick yarn that lends the fabric a special texture. The cotton and silk are finer, the main difference being that the silk has more sheen. This tallit comes as a set with a matching bag and an option for a matching kippah.

Prima A.A. Tallit with black and silver stripes>> – Mishkan Hatchelet
Prima A.A. Tallit with blue and silver stripes>> – Mishkan Hatchelet
Black and Silver Tallit>> – Gabrieli Hand Weaving

Blue Tallit

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Oct 232012

The blue tallit has been a popular choice for a long time, and that’s not about to change. Even the classic black-striped tallit apparently morphed from blue. I have spoken with other tallit industry professionals who agree that the blue tallit is also a favorite among bar mitzvah boys.

By “blue tallit” I mean both a white tallit with blue striping and a solid blue tallit with bands of other colors. Gabrieli makes a nice blue tallit with black, gray and white stripes and a blue version of their popular Joseph’s Coat Tallit.

Gvanim Tallit Blue


Traditional White & Blue Tallit

In the category of traditional white tallits with blue stripes, Mishkan Hatchelet offers various options, including blue/silver and blue/gold. They also make two attractive models – Gvanim and Bareket – with a nice blend of blue hues, both in the striping and on the atara. For a blue tallit with even more color, there’s also the Bnei Ohr Blue Medley. All of the above are available with matching bags that can be customized with letter embroidery in Hebrew or English.

For those with a generous budget, Weaving Creation has a gorgeous tallit with various shades of blue, known as Masoret, which is handwoven by master weaver Ori Farhan, using rich cotton yarn.

Also not to be overlooked are a few handmade blue tallits by Galilee Silks.

A 30-second video showing a sample of our blue tallit options: