Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tichels: 2 Cute Chiffon

Distinctive Hair Coverings Small Rectangular Chiffon Scarf (Sparkling Maroon) $14.99

I thought these tichels were cute and quite different from hijabs that you see around. The reason why they are styled this way is that some Orthodox Jewish cousins wear their sheitals (wigs) to cover their hair and then a tichel (scarf) on top.


Margaret said...

Those actually aren't Jewish hair coverings. The store's owner is what's called a "Messianic Jews" i.e. a Christian. That's why she calls herself "Torah-observant" on her "About Me" page instead of "Jewish." Messianics belive they are observing the Torah by following their interpretations of the Old and New Testaments. Messianic Judaism is not considered legitimate by Jews, indeed, it's downright offensive.

There are only a few communities of very conservative Orthodox Jewish women who wear a covering on their wigs, and I assure you, that they are not shopping at her store. Her coverings are marketed to Christian women who cover their hair in accordance with some verses in their scripture.

When Jewish women cover their hair with a scarf, they tie it so it covers the entire hair line, like these.

Celeritas said...

Wow Margaret, my mistake, teach me to quickly blog at work. I should have read her details and I apologise for that. I'm sorry also for misrepresenting Orthodox Jewish women, that's not my intent at all. Thank you for teaching me something new and I hope I haven't caused any offensive.

I'd love it if you could send me some sites that women who do observe tznius would purchase from so I can use them in the future.

Margaret said...

It's ok. There's a lot of confusion out there about Messianic Jews particularly because they often choose not to distinguish themselves from more mainstream forms of Judaism. Off the top of my head, the following stores offer headcoverings and clothing for Orthodox Jewish women.

Most Orthodox Jewish women purchase their clothes in mainstream stores, particularly if they live outside the New York area. Tznius requires women to wear skirts and cover their knees, elbows, collarbones and everything in between. With some creative layering, most of my tops come from Old Navy. I buy my skirts from Shukr and Most of my scarves come from

Brooklynne said...

agrees with margaret... also thank you for sharing that site on head scarf tying they remind me of my gran who always wore her scarf in this style Celeritas I love your posts and they are still beautiful scarves... But yeah i myself would probably not support her.

Lili said...

Not all Orthodox Jews cover all their hair. There are plenty that follow the ruling that they can show an area of hair "no more than the size of a man's fist." It's less hair than the picture here, but still not ALL their hair.

Historian147 said...

Love your site. As a Jewish woman I appreciate that you often refer to us as sisters and cousins. I quite agree.

I just want to clarify that only married women cover their hair, although girls and women of all ages are supposed to dress modestly as Margaret describes. As you say, men are supposed to dress modestly, too, although I have seen some Modern Orthodox young men wearing knee-length shorts. I'm not sure how this is seen as proper, as their knees show when they sit.

Schwarzmer Family said...

I am a Jewish and I have advocated for quite a while for peace and understanding between Jews and our Muslim cousins. The tichel/hijab is an excellent example of similarities between our religions, and for each commonality we find and embrace, the differences will become smaller.

Thank you for posting this.