Clothing - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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Sacred Dress

There are many examples of articles of dress that are considered sacred by their wearers. For Orthodox Jews, the halakhah (traditional Jewish law) governs daily and ritual acts. It separates the sacred from the profane. In terms of halakhic law, the Bible contains a prohibition on cross-sex dressing and forbids the mixing of flax and wool (shaʾatnez) in the construction of fabrics for clothing (Baizerman, 1992). There are specifications about tying tzitzit (corner tassels) on the prayer shawl, or tallith. Women cover their hair and heads based on custom. To some this is an expression of modesty, while to others, "exposed hair equals nudity, and seeing it would therefore be sexually provocative to men" (Schneider, 1984, p. 236).

Within the Roman Catholic Church, vestments of both priests and nuns are considered sacred. For example, the chasuble is the chief garment of a...

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