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Among Yerushalmi Chareidim, a special dress code seems to have developed which has some features which are unique from standard Eastern Ashkenazi dress. While most Chareidim I have seen wear black coats or jackets, the Yerushalmim wear more colourful clothing: a blue-and-white striped kaftan on weekdays and a gold-and-blue one on Shabbat.*

What is the origin of the Yerushalmi kaftan and why is it colourful when most Chareidim are makpid on black or dark grey?


*Source, I have seen it in Me'ah Shearim and the Rova.

  • @GershonGold, I'm looking for a verifiable source, more along the lines of a sefer or academic work than a glossy magazine. – Noach MiFrankfurt Sep 10 '15 at 15:27
  • That is why it was placed as a comment – Gershon Gold Sep 10 '15 at 16:22
  • from what i heard the ashkanazim were wearing the same bisht(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisht_%28clothing%29) as the arabs. but i think it was the hazon ish or someone who said not to wear lavushei joyim. so they made stripes for theirs and different style. however from what it looks like is that its a bogus story. its the same exact black bekitshe just white with stripes. it seems like they took a middle eastern color set for their european clothes – MoriDowidhYa3aqov Sep 10 '15 at 16:36
  • @NoachMiFrankfurt The Chassidim actually used to wear all white every Shabbos, until a gezirah forbade Jews from wearing white on Shabbos, at which point they switched. Rabbi Nachman z"tzl actually switched back to white on a certain Shavous. The third Chabad Rebbe (Tzemach Tzedek z"tzl) lived in Jerusalem around the time of Rabbi Nachman z"tzl (i.e after the gezirah I think), so perhaps there was already chassidim there before the gezirah that just never switched. – jj2 Sep 10 '15 at 16:47

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