On tallit slippage

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Sep 122013

Recently we received an inquiry from a customer concerned about tallit slipping.

I prefer a full size tallit and I am 5’8″ tall (173cm I think). I am quite broad across the shoulder and my current tallit always slips off my shoulders. My current slippery tallit is 130cm long and 178cm wide. I think the reason it falls off my shoulders is because it is not wide enough. Could that be the case?
Tashbetz nonslip tallit

Tashbetz with black stripes. Note the box-weave.

In recent years many tallit makers have developed non-slip tallit fabrics. They have more texture, which give them a nice supple feel and creates more friction. On our webstore, all of the Tashbetz and Bareket are made using this type of nonslip tallit fabric.

I told him a size 60 should fit well, and that he can expect it to drape down in back to mid-thigh.
Tallit slippage is a common issue but not an exact science. I am willing to entertain his hypothesis, but from my experience, less tallit actually stays on your shoulders better. I know a broad-shouldered tallit dealer whose ownpersonal  tallit is quite narrow, yet he claims it stays in place really well. His theory is that lightweight material stays put better, which makes sense to me. If this theory eventually gains traction, I might try to write up a formula to express it. Something like this:
Less Tallit = Less Slippage

The Nonslip Tallit: Myth or Modern Breakthrough?

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Aug 282011

Today, a number of tallits are billed as a “nonslip tallit.” Is there such a thing as a nonslip tallit? Of course not. The Shulchan Aruch explains in detail what to do if your tallit slips off your shoulders in terms of saying a new bracha when you put it back on and this question will never disappear.

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Bareket Nonslip Tallit with box weave

Note the waffle weave of the Bareket Tallit

However, the nonslip tallit is not just marketing hype. Both Talitnia and Mishkan Hatechelet have a number of models often marketed as a nonslip tallit. For instance, the Tashbetz features a special box weave (you can only discern it from fairly close up) that helps keep the tallit in place on your shoulders.

One of the company’s distributors told me he believes the lightweight tallit model stays in place quite well, although nobody markets it as a nonslip tallit per se.

Pe’er Nonslip Tallit

Recently I spoke with the director of marketing at Mishkan Hatechelet about what they market under the Pe’er Nonslip Tallit (very similar to the Hamefoar Tallit and the Malchut Tallit by Talitnia), which he described as a high quality weave that helps the tallit stay in place on your shoulders. (He also revealed to me that he himself has one.) I recommend the Pe’er to anyone looking for a traditional tallit, because its well priced.

The Tashbetz and Bareket nonslip tallits are a bit more modern, and both are made of a lightweight, box weave fabric. One of our customers bought a Tashbetz and sent me a letter raving about how well it stays in place on his shoulders. A month or two later he bought a Bareket, which is also a box weave tallit, and told me it performs even better as a nonslip tallit. Interesting, because Mishkan Hatchelet markets the Tashbetz as a nonslip tallit much more than the Bareket.

Although I have never worn one, I assume the Turkish Tallit stays in place well, not just because it’s so heavy, but also because the fabric is a bit coarse. I have also found the Beit Yosef stays in place thanks to the heavy atara (just about the only wool atara on the market).

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