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Jewish Tartan History: The Meaning Behind The Threads

Religious experts and Tartan Authorities worked meticulously to come up with a design that reflected religious values and Scottish history.

The colours, weave, and number of threads have all been picked for their importance in Judaism.

In the tartan design we have blue and white the colours of both the Israeli and Scottish flags with the central gold line representing the gold from the Ark in the Biblical Tabernacle and the many ceremonial vessels. The silver is to represent the silver that adorns the Scroll of the Law and the colour red is for the traditional red Kiddush wine.

There are seven lines in the central motif and three in the flag representations - both numbers of great significance in Judaism

Non wool linen mix - Shatnez

Shatnez is the Jewish Law derived from the Torah that prohibits the wearing of a garment containing both interwoven wool and linen; any such fabric is referred to in Judaism as shatnez. the relevant parts of the Torah (Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:5, 22:9-11) prohibit the combining of various fabrics in one garment, the interbreeding of different species of animals, and the planting together of different kinds of seeds.

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