Shatnez applies to us all – men, women and children. In the same way that we care about the kashrus of our food, so we also must be careful of the clothes we are wearing and ensure the whole family stays shatnez free.
Any garment you wear that contains wool or linen needs to be checked for shatnez. This includes all men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. Even if the label states that it contains 100% wool, or makes no mention of linen, the garment still needs to be checked since garment manufacturers are not required by law to disclose all the contents of the garment including shoulder pads, interfacing, padding and other trimmings. If you are unsure, just be in touch and we will let you know if it needs to be checked.
Shatnez is often found in shoulder pads, collars and lapels of jackets and coats, in waistbands and around button holes in both trousers and skirts. In some suits as many as 70 places need to be checked for shatnez.
Any garment you wear that contains wool or linen needs to be checked for shatnez as soon as you start wearing it, even if it is just hired or being worn a few times. However if your trying it on prior to buying, checking is not necessary
Like all other mitzvos its source is directly in the Torah:
“A garment with a shatnez mixture shall not be on you” – Vayikra 19:19.
“You shall not wear shatnez, wool and linen together” – Devarim 22:11.
There is no specific reason given in the Torah. We keep it as a chok – a law without question. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsh suggests one profound reasoning behind the Mitzvah.
Wool, taken from sheep, represents the product of the animal world, while linen made form flax, symbolises the plant kingdom. Human beings, animals and plants all have unique roles to play. By keeping wool and linen apart in the clothes we wear, we demonstrate our respect fo the natural order in which G-d has arranged the species of the worlds.
Our shatnez expert will check each item of clothing thoroughly, sometime spending up to 45 minutes on one garment. If no shatnez is found, then the Shatnez centre label of approval is inserted. If shatnez is discovered, after liaising with the customer, it will be expertly removed and substituted. The garment is then passed to our resident tailor for professional finishing and the shatnez free label can then be inserted.
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