The tallitot (prayer shawls) are made from narrowly woven Kente cloth by weavers near Kumasi, Ghana. They are decorated with embroidered atarot (collars) and corners made by Ben Baidoo, the tailor in the Jewish community of Sefwi Wiawso.
"Kente cloth," as we understand it today, dates back to the late 17th-early 18th Century among the Asante people. The trend of using Kente cloth for royalty was initiated by Osei Otu 1, and has been used in political regalia ever since. The cloth is handwoven in 4 1/4-inch strips which are then stitched together. Kulanu's tallitot incorporate 4 to 6 strips for a width of 17 to 25.5 inches. The four-strip purple and yellow tallit is 17 inches wide and approximately 72 inches long.
We receive only a few tallitot at a time and they sell out quickly so we encourage you to act soon!
Proceeds from the sale of these tallitot benefit the Jewish community of Ghana.
We would like to thank Harriet Schiffer of theblackmarket.com/WonooVentures for her historical and educational help relating to the tallitot.