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What is the reason why wool talis katanim have black lines on them? Why don't talis katanim of other materials have them also?

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Analogue for talis gadol. –  msh210 Nov 25 '13 at 14:08
Why would wool being its material make any difference in this regard? –  Adam Mosheh Nov 27 '13 at 3:14
That's already being asked in this post –  Dude Nov 27 '13 at 13:13
@user4537, I suspect that this is because they are made of wool, although the one I am wearing right now actually has white stripes. The Rama and the Beit Yosef also bring that wool is preferable for the beged of the the tallit katan, whereas the Gr"a brings that cotton is acceptable. Perhaps in deference to the opinions in Shulchan Aruch, we denote wool with stripes, as found on a tallit gadol; whereas we leave other materials without to show which is which. –  Noach mi Frankfurt Feb 11 '14 at 22:10

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Pri Megadim, Orach Chaim siman 9: stripes are to remind us of the techelet.

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Ashkenazim (those who study the kitzur shulchan aruch) agree that the black stripe design is to remind us of techalet. I posed this question to a member of my shul (Chabad) and got a totally different, yet 100% plausible answer. There are some people from the Chabad movement that claim that the black stripes are a tool to be used to ensure that you can make a bracha on tzitzit. Part of the requirement for the bracha is visual (and it seems that you can use the black stripe and your tzitzit strings to ensure your visability!)

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