Friday, May 20, 2011

Yarlmulkes, Tzizit, and Talleisim, OH MY!

The newest trend this season is tassels and fringe, as if you couldn’t tell by the title. OKAY, OKAY! Yarmulke doesn’t really fit in, unless you call a Moroccan party hat a Yarmulke (BTW it’s called a FEZ, and yes FEZ as in that short Mexican-ish guy from That 70’s show). Anyway, back to the trend, it all originated from Jews; unless you count the shlumpy snieus (modest) trend which never made runways but only Boro Park store window displays. 
Unless your Rashi’s daughters, or an extremely liberal gal, these clothing items don’t really affect your everyday life. But think about it, tassels originate from the Torah as this Wikipedia webpage says so: “The Torah states in Numbers 15:38: "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, that they shall make themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and they shall put on the corner fringe a blue (tekhelet) thread." Wearing the tzitzit is also commanded in Deuteronomy 22:12: "You shall make yourself twisted threads, on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself." BOOYAH! We started a modern fashion trend.
Attached are some images that assist you in your inspiration of wearing fringe without looking like an Indian or a Hippie or a, GASP!, Indian Hippy!
Indian Fringe

Tassel Collage done by WhoWhatWear


  1. awesome! never thought of the jews much as fashion starters, so look at that

  2. nothing wrong with being fashionable and follow tradition at the same time! these are great designs!

    Jasper @ Best Kippah