Random checks of men’s suits in Israel purchased abroad have shown that many have mixtures of wool and linen. The Laboratory for Shatnez Prevention, under Eida Chareidis supervision, found forbidden mixtures in suits purchased in various areas.
A spokesman for the laboratory explained that despite common perceptions that linen is no longer used commercially, as the clothing industry places increasingly greater emphasis on environmentally friendly production, customers are showing a preference for natural fabrics rather than synthetics like nylon and polyester. Since linen is the strongest natural fiber and today developments in textile engineering allow linen threads to be interwoven very carefully in various fabrics and applications, the use of linen has become quite common.
Many store owners send samples of bolts of fabrics to be used for tailoring to be checked, but tailors have various sewing aids that are not under any supervision. Likewise, sometimes the fabric runs out and tailors use scraps from other bolts.
“Suit checking is not easy by any means,” said one expert from the Laboratory for Shatnez Prevention. “In a single jacket you have to check 52 places, and another 15 places in a pair of pants. It takes over an hour, on average.”
(Deiah Vedibur/Matzav.com Newscenter}