An important part of our Ephods & Pomegranates work is the Woven Judaica Line by Will. Items such as Challah Covers and Havdallah Mats may be found in our Etsy Shop.
An important part of Ephods & Pomegranates is our Woven Judaica line by Will, including Tallits (prayer shawls,) Challah Covers, and more. Tallits are usually a special order item, but these three are currently in stock in our Etsy Shop.
Available with tzitzit, $10.00 additional.
Part of our Handwoven Judaica line is the Prayer Shawl or Tallit. Three new ones are about to go on my loom. They will be offered in our Etsy Shop, but special oredrs are available. Email me at email@example.com
These Prayer Shawls are for your personal use in prayer, shown here
in light or dark blue stripes,
but other colors/designs are possible
They are approximately 21″ wide by 8′ long (plus fringe)
and can be fitted with Tassels at the four corners.
They are made from 100% mercerized cotton and are gently washable,
though we recommend dry cleaning.
What makes a Tallit Kosher?
Our Tallits are about 21″ – 22″ wide and 8′ long plus fringe, which makes them the narrower, around the shoulders version rather than the larger over the head type. They are made from a single fiber, 100% cotton, and the four fringes (tzitzit) are made from the same fiber. They are tied in our own style, with five knots. Of course you could add your own, in any of the traditional styles. There are many opinions about what makes a proper Tallit, but we feel confident ours are appropriate to wear in Temple in most places, as well as at home. Our reference is this excellent article in Ben’s Tallit Shop.
Check with your own Rabbi about wearing in Temple.
If not in Stock,
Allow 4 – 6 Weeks for Delivery
The Tallits shown here were woven by Will.
You can ask for your design and color for the stripes, within some limitations.
My first venture into the art of the handweaving of Baroque music on a loom is complete. I am willing to bet that, unless you have been following this blog, you have never seen anything like it.
The horizontal color bands on the scarf are actually the musical score of the beginning theme from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major (for violin) by W. A. Mozart. Over my right shoulder it reads from bottom to top; over my left shoulder from top to bottom. The color indicates the note, the width of the bar indicates the length of the note. A wide black bar separates measures; a narrow black bar separates notes.
Thus, the first measure (top left, just under the violin) is a dotted quarter note B, an eighth note C, and a quarter note B. The final measure (bottom left or top right) is a whole G. You can play by reading the scarf just like a musical score.
The plaid effect comes from the multi-colored warp. The warp threads are arranged in the Fibonacci Series of numbers (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 – then back down again. In the center is a single narrow Golden thread, which signifies the Golden Mean. Golden Mean is another name for the “Golden Section, or Golden Ratio,” the division of a line so that the whole is to the greater part as that part is to the smaller part (i.e., in a ratio of 1 to 1/2 (√5 + 1)), a proportion that is considered to be particularly pleasing to the eye. It is the basic concept in esthetically pleasing architecture, and the foundation of Sacred Geometry, used in the construction of the great Cathedrals and the Jerusalem Temple. It is a ration that exists everywhere in nature, for example the spiral shell of the nautilus.
The Golden Section has great significance in many Gnostic traditions, including esoteric expressions of Freemasonry. And Mozart was indeed a Freemason, as am I.
The point of the project is the close relationship between musical scores and weaving graphs. The weaver and the musician are one; a genuine meeting of the Bow and Shuttle.
If you are curious, here is what the scarf “sounds like” when “played” on a piano:
The scarf is woven of mercerized cotton, and is about 8′ long by 6″ wide.