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Custom Tallit Complete

I was excited to get an email from a woman from my parents’ synagogue asking if I could make a custom tallit for her.  She wanted something purple, lightweight, and not too big.  Little did I know that this would prove to be a difficult request.  After visiting New York City’s garment district and walking through countless fabric stores, I discovered that there are very few purple fabrics and even fewer pretty purple fabrics that were the right weight for a tallit.  I took photographs of several fabrics and sent them to my client and she selected a beautiful lilac fabric with free style flowers on it.

The fabric had a fairly wide border at the bottom and she wanted a shawl style tallit (not a full size one).  Using the full border on a narrow tallit would be overwhelming, so we had four options.  (1) Use the full border and accept the fact that there isn’t much of the main fabric showing; (2) Cut off the black section at the bottom of the border; (3) Eliminate the border completely; or (4) Use the full border, but move to a wider tallit to compensate.

Option A Option B

Option C Option D

Completed TallitWe decided to go with option 2 – cut off the black section and keep the desired width.  The next challenge was what to put on the atarah (neckband).  My client didn’t want to include the words of a prayer or Torah verse and we eventually decided to draw flowers similar to those on the fabric with a purple fabric marker on the atarah and four corners.  The result is a soft, feminine tallit that met all my client’s needs.  I hope she enjoys wearing it for years to come!

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  1. Heather, I love the colors that you have selected and the decision to cut off the black section. I could imagine spending many wonderful hours in meditation with such a beautiful shawl. Your client is a very lucky person!

    1. Judy,
      Thank you for your kind comment. I always try to create a prayer shawl that will best fit my client’s needs and personality.

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