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I noticed the clothes of the members of Neturei Karta were different than other haredi groups. The shoes are different, but also socks, pants, shirt and vest.

I also noticed they wear two kinds of clothes: the regular black type and also the grey part.

You can find the black type in these pictures:

http://online.wsj.com/media/0210pod18.jpg

You can find the grey type in these pictures:

http://www.inminds.com/img/genocide-day-2365.jpg http://i-cias.com/e.o/slides/neturei_karta01.jpg

What are theses clothes (shoes, socks, pants, shirt and coat) ? I am looking for the name of these clothes or maybe a brand. Also, what is the religious reason behind this different dress code ?

Ps: As you may have understood with my other questions, I am very interested in haredi dress codes. So please, no debate about the opinions of Neturei Karta, I am only asking about the clothes.

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Sorry for my poor english. English is not my native language. –  maaaan Jul 28 at 21:35

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The black clothes and flat hats correspond to mainstream Satmar Hasidim, whose headquarters are in New York. (Note: just because many Neturei Karta demonstrators dress like mainstream Satmar does not mean that every mainstream Satmar Jew supports Neturei Karta.) The grey, or black-and-white stripe, are worn by some Hassidic sects in and around Jerusalem, such as Toldos Aharon if I recall correctly. (Rumor has it this design may have been influenced by an old Ottoman fashion.) Again, a subset of whom are vocally anti-Zionist. So I suspect that the ones with Jerusalem roots (including those closer to the original Neturei Karta, whose name means "guardians of the city") are in the grey or stripes; sartorially-mainstream Satmar has become the larger contingent of anti-Zionism at this point, so you'll see anti-Zionist Satmars wearing the traditional Satmar black garb.

(The earliest Neturei Karta folks were actually non-Hassidic, but have become a very small minority compared to the anti-Zionist Hassidic folks.)

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At the time of the founding of Neturei Karta, Satmar wasn't chasidic either but now we're muddying the waters about what exactly a chosid is. –  Yitzchak Jul 29 at 14:46
    
Thanks a lot for this awesome post. Do you know more about the name/brand of the clothes ? –  maaaan Jul 29 at 22:53
    
@maaaan Yeah man, you can pick them up at Joseph A. Bank. :P –  rosenjcb Jul 30 at 20:47
    
lol, more seriously, I am sure there is a peculiar brand for these clothes –  maaaan Aug 3 at 15:20

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