Do Not Wear a Mixed Fabric Garment


You must keep my statutes. You must not allow two different kinds of your animals to breed, you must not sow your field with two different kinds of seed, and you must not wear a garment made of two different kinds of fabric. 33 (Lev 19:19)

33 sn Cf. Deu_22:11 where the Hebrew term translated “two different kinds” (כִּלְאַיִם, kil’ayim) refers to a mixture of linen and wool woven together in a garment.

I was reminded of this verse when reading about a new shirt that can be worn for 100 days between cleanings. 

Clothing company Wool & Prince, founded in New York City by entrepreneur Mac Bishop, has developed the “better button-down,” a tailored men’s shirt that can be worn for 100 days straight with “No washing. No dry cleaning. No wrinkles. No odor.” Funding has come from a Kickstarter campaign, which had already pulled in more than $167,000 on Tuesday—putting it $135,000 past its goal way before its May 22 deadline. While the retail price has yet to be announced, shirts are available to Kickstarter investors for $98 each.

Bishop, 24, whose family owns the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Oregon (“Fashion is in my blood, I guess you could say,” he told Shine), created and trademarked the “Cotton-Soft” wool fabric after six months of working with mills around the world. Then he and 15 testers put a prototype through the ringer, wearing it for 100 days straight for everything from nightclub outings to workout sessions. Amazingly, the shirts retained their crisp look and neutral odor.

“How?” Bishop asks on his Kickstarter video. “Wool.”

Wool is six times more durable than cotton, plus it’s wrinkle resistant, proving in laboratory tests that the fibers can snap back on themselves more than 20,000 times without breaking, while cotton tends to break after 3,200 bends, the Wool & Prince blog reports. Wool can be stretched by as much as 30 percent and still spring right back to its original size.

Then there’s the no-stink aspect, made possible because sweat, apparently, has no odor on its own, but develops one when it remains on the skin and bacteria develop. Wool, though, is a natural antibacterial fabric, and is efficient at absorbing sweat and evaporating it into the air, the company claims.

Now I am not saying this shirt is confirmation of God, but it nice to see there is a modern explanation for why the ancient Hebrew’s clothing should not mix the wool with anything else.

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2 responses to “Do Not Wear a Mixed Fabric Garment

  1. You assume the authors of Deuteronomy were talking specifically about wool – a bit strange considering its thermal and water-resistant properties very handy in the North Atlantic in a Middle East desert locale. Perhaps the divine revelation about fashion was to be interpreted to mean don’t mix linen – valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather – with any other.

  2. I don’t see it as much of an assumption since common near eastern people are documented as wearing woolen clothing as it helps to keep people cool in extreme heat. Wool draws the moisture away from a person which helps to keep the cool. Also, the people were sheep herders and while “wondering in the wilderness”, they were not know to grow a lot of cotton to spin into linen, even though they did use linen in temple clothing.

    “Wool was probably the first animal fiber to be made into cloth. People began to raise sheep for wool about 6,000 years ago. Different kinds of wool, and mixtures of wool with other fibers, can be used to create tightly woven fabrics with smooth surfaces or more loosely woven fabrics with rougher surfaces. In many Middle Eastern societies, nomadic peoples beat wool into a matted fabric called felt, which they used to make clothing, saddle blankets, tents, and other useful items. Sheep-raising nomads in the Middle East also invented carpets made by knotting woolen weft threads onto a linen warp.”

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