Mike came by today to tie his tzitzit and pick up his tallit. I had set up the tallit on my dressmaking form so Mike could see it as soon as he came into my apartment. It’s always good to see a client completely happy.
When I first started making tallitot I used to tie the tzitzit myself.Over the years I have gone from tying the tzitzit myself, to offering to tie tzitzit with my clients to just insisting that my clients tie the tzitzit.
Having my clients tie the tzitzit accomplishes several things. It’s useful from a purely educational perspective. How often can one do the mitzvah of tying tzitzit? It’s a nice opportunity to learn a new skill. I have also found that when clients have time to interact with the tallit and spend not just their money, but also their time, and their efforts they really fall in love with their tallit as they tie the tzitzit on each corner.
Mike was at first a little concerned about doing a good job. But he caught on fairly quickly.
Mike loved that the wool fibers tend to grip one another. That means that the tallit can stay on his shoulders without much fuss.
Each time my husband saw this tallit he would ask if I would be adding stripes. Mike was so very clear about NOT wanting stripes. This tallit, more than I think any other tallit I have made is all about the tzitzit. Mike’s vision for his tallit was so pure. I’m glad that I could help make it happen.
Working with Mike was such a pleasure.
We sit near Mike in synagogue during the High holidays. I love that it will be right within my sightlines throughout the holiday season.