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is the ONLY executive agency of the Scottish Government that has the legal authority to register newly designed tartans

and serves as an archival repository of Tartans in Scotland. 

Certificate of Registration for the Rabbinical Tartan
Registration Number: 10,100
Registered on 16th November, 2009


Registered with the
Scottish Register of Tartans
The National Archives of Scotland,
H.M. General Register House,
2 Princess Street
 Edinburgh, Scotland  EH1 3YY
United Kingdom


The Tartan you observe on the background of this website is called the "Rabbinical Tartan". 

The Rabbinical Tartan was conceived by Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo, Musical Director, Piper and Composer, and designed by Mr. Gary James Michael Berreth, Tartan Designer and Master Kilt Maker.

 The concept of designing Tartans exclusively for clergy is not new; however, in the history of Tartan design and registration, and on the archives of the Scottish Register of Tartans, no Tartan existed for Jewish Rabbis. 

 In the Month of October 2009, Mr. Berreth laboured using as his design parameters the Ancient Jewish Science and Art of numerology called "Gematria",  as well as the Scientific Mathematical Fibonacci Numerical Sequence Formulas to create this very unique and remarkable Tartan, considered by many Tartans connoisseurs as a "Masterpiece" and a "True Work of Art." 

 Each one of the colours of this intricate tartan, and the number of threads in each colour, have religious meanings based on Jewish Holy Scriptures. The Kilt and contain many of the same colours of the garments worn by the High Priest (Kohen Gadol in Hebrew), who presided over many of the ordinances in the Temple in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), Israel, on behalf of the Jewish People.


Sample of Rabbinical Tartan
Registration Number 10,100
Registered on November 16, 2009

Conceived by Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo
Designed by Mr. Gary James Michael Berreth


The Mystical Meanings of the Rabbinical Tartan Colours

by Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo





ROYAL BLUE - The Royal Blue is emblematic of the Priesthood (Rabbinate), who presided over the Most Holy of Ordinances in the Temple at Jerusalem, on behalf of the People of Israel, also known as the "Chosen People". 

Although the Royal Blue is often associated with royalty, (in Israel the tribe associated with royalty is the tribe of Judah) the Levite Priests adopted the Royal Blue and used that colour in many of their sacred vestments. 

Said colour also was employed in the coverings of the Tabernacle (Mishkan in Hebrew) and later in the First Temple at Jerusalem (Beit HaKadosh in Hebrew), also known as the Temple of Solomon, and the subsequent Second Temple, re- built after the Jews were released from captivity in Babylon and destroyed in the year 70 of the Common Era (C.E.).

 This colour is represented in the tartan by bands containing the following number of threads:

 ·        Fifty-six threads, a mystical Kabalistic number that represents one of the many attributes of the Supreme Being;

·        Twelve threads representing the Twelve Tribes of Israel; and

·        Eight threads representing the eight branches of the Hannukiah emblematic of renewal and re-dedication (The Hannukiah is a type candelabra  used during the Festival of Lights that last eight days commencing on the 25th day of the Hebrew Month Kislev. Unlike the seven-branched menorah, emblematic of the seven days of the week, and its gematria alludes to the work Zikaron - to remember, the Hannukiah has eight branches and an additional candle called the "shamash" or servant, which is employed to light the candles in sequence, adding one candle from left to right each day of Hannukah)

The number eight also alludes to the eight days from birth of an infant male until the Rite of B'rit Milah (circumcision), Rite of the Covenant which G-d ordered Abraham to perform on himself (at the age of 99 years) and every male member of his household, including his children, servants and their male children.


BLACK - The Black threads are emblematic of the ashes left after a sacrifice was fully burned.  The priests would employ the ashes for purification and cleansing rituals, hence the two-fold purpose of the ashes is represented by two strands of Black, representing the delicate veil separating Life from Death, and the inclinationa of humankind toward doing good or evil.


RED - The colour Red is emblematic of the blood of the animals that were sacrificed for the atonement of the sins of humanity. The colour is represented by groups of fourteen and six of Red threads each.   

·        The number fourteen represents the internal confession made by the ritual slaughterer makes when he takes the life of an animal to during a ritual sacrfice (korban in Hebrew) that atones for the sins of a human life, acknowledging that the Supreme Being is the Ultimate Judge of all living creatures.  The Gematria of the number fourteen yields the word "YAD" (hand in Hebrew, from the letter Yud= 10 and the letter Dalet=4) also reminds us of numerous mitzvot  associated with the hand, such as putting on tefillin, the ritual washing of hand at the beginning of the day and before every meal and numerous others commandments.  The Torah list a total of 613 specific Commandments that must be followed.  Some of these commandment are performative while others are prohibitive of certain actions and rituals.  The 613 Commandments are further classified as Laws, Ordinances, Good Deeds and Test of Faith, the later of these consiting in commission or ommision of actions for which there is immediately apparent reason other that to test one's faith.  In Hebrew they are called Torah (law), Mitzvot (good Deeds), Hukim (test of faith) and Mishpatim (ordinances).  These TaRyaG Mitzvot (613 commandments are represented by pomegrantes - the exhuberance of its seeds often are associated with a large number such as 613 (TaRYaG in Hebrew).

·        The number six represents that personal confession between the human creature and the Creator, acknowleging the Perfection of The Creator, in stark contrast with our human imperfections and shortcomings, and the many virtues one who lives a righteous life and strives to improve oneself.


 SILVER- The colour Silver is represented by eight threads, emblematic of the eight pieces that made up the vestments of the high priest:

1. The Tzitz (HeadPlate inscribed with the words "Holiness to the L-rd" (this is an example of howthe Jewish People avoid writing any name or word that may constitute a violation of the Second commandment given to humanity ", to refrain from usings the name of the Supreme and Only K-ng of the Universe in vain" .  The word Tzitzit refers to a set of strings on a prayer shawl called TALLIT  where these string are connected  of every corner of this square garment, and  which are arranged in a sequence of knots and ties which add to the number 613. 

2. The Me'il (Robe)

3. The Kesones - Tunic made in a box-like  pattern, with fiber of Acacia wood (emblematic of the Ark of the Covenat), worn under the robe.

4. The Turban, a humble yet elaborate way of covering one's head as a sign of reverence, aknowleging that the "Shekinah" or "Divine Presence" is within every creature of the Creation (including ALL of us) the creatures of the Creation and whose shelter of PEACE from the Divine is above all. 

5. The bells shaped like pomegranates on the Hem of the Robe, which noise announced the approach of the High Priest.  The pomegranates allude to the 613 commandments found in the Torah, for the exhuberance of its seeds represent a large number, it being 613.

6. The Chosen (Breastplate)

7. The Ephod (Apron) and the concealed part that united the Ephod with the Chosen.

8. Lastly, a pair of rings which united the two pieces of the Breastplate.

As stated above, the number eight is emblematic of the eight branches of the Menorah (Candelabra), and the eight days before the rite of B'rit Milah (circumcision). In Kabbalah the numeral eight is written by the using the eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (also known as "alephbet"), the letter CHET, representing Life (Chai in Hebrew) .


GOLD - The High Priest's (Cohen Gadol) Vestments had a Golden Breast Plate containing a setting of twelve stones representative of each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. 

This Breastplate was a two-fold device united by two rings on the bottom and two rings on the top. 

This Breastplate was folded in twain (folding in twain is considered a form of multiplication). The breastplate contained the "Urim and Tumim," which were some of the most sacred objects worn by the High Priest (Kohen Gadol).

GOLD (Tzahav in Hebrew) is represented by eight threads of gold in the tartan, since according to Biblical references the four rings of the Golden Breastplate had the purpose of holding the two pieces together in order to contain the Urim and Tumim.   This served a two-fold purpose, that equaling eight (4 X 2=8); represented by the letter CHET, meaning Life (Chai). The word "Chai" has two letters - Yud plus Chet, whose numerical value is 18. The use of the letter Chet by itself also represent Life.  A common toast in Hebrew is pronouced "L'Chayim"  meaning "To Life".)  The number 18 is represented in the Rabbinical Tartan as one the most important charges given to a RABBI to impart knowledge of how to live a Righteous Life, and because knowledge is one of the gifts from The Creator to humankind. 

WHITE - The colour White is emblematic of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and is represented in the Tartan by twelve threads, symbolic of the purity of soul and spirit required and demanded of the Chosen People before gaining entrance and inheriting the "Promised Land".

Remarkably, in the design of the Rabbinical Tartan, the intersection of the vertical and horizontal White lines forms an effigy of the modern Flag of Israel, albeit without the Star of David, ("Mogen David" in Hebrew, which means "Shield of David").

 See the information below about the origin and meaning of the Star of David.

Let us remember that the generations of Hebrews who left Egypt and personally witnessed the Glory and Power of the Almighty such as the Ten Plagues in Egypt, the parting of the Sea of Reeds, and the daily miracle of Divine Providence represented by the appearance of manah (manhu in Hebrew), would not be permited to enter the "Promised Land", but rather had to perish in the wilderness after the idolatrous event of the "Golden Calf"; only their posterity would be allowed to follow Joshua, after the death of Moses (Moshe Rabeinu), into the land of Canaan as conquerors. They would eventually form the Kindom of Israel.

BURGUNDY - When the pure Red hue above described intersects the Royal Blue, it creates a unique hue of Burgundy emblematic of the wine used for most ceremonies, including the beginning of every Sabbath (Shabbat) meal, which must also contain bread in order to be considered a "full meal". 

On the Sabbath (Shabbat) we pronnouce a very special prayer called the "Kiddush” (Sanctification Prayer ) when we begin our meal by Sanctifying the "Day of Rest" and keeping it Holy, by refraining from performing certains acts that may be considered "work".  The actual term for  these acts, 39 of them to be specific, is "melakhot".  The "Kiddush" also declares why we celebrate the Sabbath (Shabbat), summarized into two (see color black) concepts:

1. "Zecher l' Ma'astsei B'reishit" - to commemorate (in remembrance of) the Creation, in which the Creator "worked" for six days, and rested on the seventh ( yom ha she-vi'i or Shabbat in Hebrew) day; and

2. "Zicaron litziat Mitzraim" - to remember the exit ("Exodus" in Greek) from Egypyt.  This second precept of the "Kiddush" reminds us that since the Hebrews departed Egypt they would be free to worship without the limitation or yoke of slavery.

Both of the above concepts or precepts begin in Hebrew with the letter ZAYIN, representing the numeral seven, which commands us "to remember": remember our origin, our present, and also  those values passed from generation to generation (l'Dor Va Dor") in order to be "masters and crafters of our future and the future of the People of Israel (Am Yisrael). 

The colour BURGUNDY can be found between the Gold threads. It is symbolic of the preciousness of its meaning in ceremonial rites.  Burgundy appears in strands of ten, emblematic of the Ten Sefirot in the Tree of Life, according to Kabalistic teachings, and the emblem of the name by which Jews refer to the Omnipotent.  The ten Sefirot are often represented as ten orbs superimposed over an anthopomorphic emblem that represents that we are created by the imagination  of the Creator of the Universe and in Its image.

GREEN - The colour Green, resulting from the intersection of Gold and Royal Blue,  is emblematic of Nature, which was a masterpiece of Creation fashioned with the purpose of substaining life and the benefit of humanity.   It pervades all life within the biosphere, above, below, and beyond, created for the purpose of sustaining life, particularly human life. 

Humankind was given dominion over the Creatures of Creation and charged with the stewardship of this delicate world and all the lives, which is represented by the number eight, emblematic of Life (Chai).

The Star of David has been universally adopted as the Emblem of Judaism and the Symbol of Israel. It is comprised of two intersecting equilateral triangles forming a six-pointed star that has twelve angles of sixty degrees.  Both numerals of special significance and represented in the Rabbinical Tartan.


The partial list of emblems of the Rabbinical Tartan above described are a miniscule representation from a multitude of symbolisms represented of this unique Masoteric, mathematical and mystic concept, and it eventual realization when it was woven in the year 2010 of the Common Era (the year 5770 in the Hebrew Calendar).   It would take a much more profound, elaborate and intricate disertation of its meanings and symbolisms that can be published in this simple website.  The meanings of the Rabbinical Tartan are found and verified in the Jewish Holy Scriptures: the Torah (including the entire TANAKH), the Mishnah, the Gemarah, the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds, as well in Jewish Mystic writings such Midrashim, Kabbalah, Chassidus (Tanya) and the Zohar.

 Jews are taught to make every effort to avoid pronouncing the name of the Supreme Being, preferring instead to invoke ITS Holinnes by its attributes, in order to avoid pronouncing ITS name in vain.  This is done in allusion to the Third of the Ten Commandments found in seventh verse of the 20th Chapter of the Book of Exodus (Shemot in Hebrew), received by Moses at Mount Sinai  on the Fiftieth Day (Pentecost in Greek; Shavuot in Hebrew) after Passover, when the People of Israel gained their freedom from bondage in Egypt, after the Tenth Plague, which was the Death of every First-Born on the previous night (Passover), when the Angel of Death "passed-over" any house containing the blood of a lamb  on their doorposts, today represented on Jewish households by the placement of a case called "Mezzuzah", that contains a hand-scribed lambskin parchment inside with the  'SHEMA"; Judaism most important prayer, beginning on the fourth verse of the sixth Chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy (Devarim in Hebrew).

 The above paragraph is replete with numeric values using Gematria to unearth its symbolisms, all of which are found on the Rabbinical Tartan.




"Long Live The People of Israel"
"Am Yisrael Chai"




David, King of Israel, desired to build "The House", a Temple to the Almighty; but that, in consequence of his reign, having been one of many wars and much bloodshed that distinguished privilege was denied him. 

 He was not left however, without hope, for the Omnipotent promised David that out of his loins there should come a Man who would be adequate for the performance of so great and glorious an undertaking. 

 That promise was verified in Solomon, who ascended the throne of Israel as its Third King (emblematic of the equilateral triangle), and after David was gathered to his fathers, (Avot in Hebrew), Solomon wielded the scepter over Israel at a time when peace and tranquility pervaded the world, and all eyes seemed directed toward Jerusalem, as if to witness the splendid display of wisdom of Solomon.

 The name Solomon ("Sh'lomoh" in Hebrew; "Suleyman" in Arabic; and "Pazo" [my own last name], in Ladino) has its origin in the Hebrew word “Shalom”, and also in the Arabic "Salaam", meaning Peace.  The name Solomon means "Peace Maker", as his reign was one without wars and peace pervaded the world due to his keen wisdom.  The numeric value of said name is prevalent in the Rabbinical Tartan.

 The above paragraph is replete with numeric values using Gematria to unearth its symbolisms, all of which are found on the Rabbinical Tartan.

Note: The Priesthood did not constitute a tribe, and as such, did not inherit territory in the Holy Land. Instead, they rule over the "Cities of Refuge".  Not counting the Levites, there were only ten tribes. 

 In order to constitute Twelve Tribes, Moses was commanded to pass Joseph's birthright and inheritance to Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh; who inherited their portion of the Promised Land and helped constitute the remaining two tribes, (see the colour Black for the number two) of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.



How the Jewish People Survived the Long Arm of the Inquisition



The Jewish People is one of the ancient peoples that has endured many attempts of extermination and annihilation, yet they have prevailed and have made impressive contributions to all humankind.


Arriving at the Roman Province of Britannia almost a millennium ago, they settled an established their communities as "Crypto Jews", not being able to profess their faith openly, fearing the wrath of the Romans, despotic English monarchs, or even worse, the Inquisitors, who devoted their efforts and resources in the European mainland, and in the New World of the Americas, where countless of Jews perished in "Auto da Fe" or "Acts of Faith."


These where public spectacles in which someone accused of being a Jew, was made to swear a confession of being a heretic, said confession extracted by torture instruments such as the rack, the "cat of nine tails", flagellation, and genital mutilation.


During these "Acts of Faith", the victim of the Inquisitors was forcibly converted Christianity and burned at the stake in a most gruesome form, while clamoring for their life.


Israel's (Jacob) Link to Scotland





Jacob had 12 sons, whose descendants became the tribes of Israel.  Since the Levites did not form a tribe, and the second youngest son, Joseph, who died in Egypt before the Exodus, his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh inherited their father's birthright and two tribes were formed bearing their names.


Jacob's second youngest son, Joseph, was sold into slavery by ten of his brothers, as a sign of jealousy because Joseph related his dreams that were interpreted as Joseph being superior in intellect and wisdom than his brothers, who were shepherds, and also because he received  a present from his father, Jacob, of a "Coat of Many Colours".

 The Coat of Many Colours was a woolen garment adorned with vertical and horizontal lines of various thicknesses intersecting, just like a modern tartan design.

For more information on the theory of Hebrew and Egyptian origins of tartans, please visit: http://www.britam.org/tartan.html

(Note: The owner of California Bagpiper are not responsible for the contents or accuracy of the information contained on above listed website.)




Another connection between Jacob and Scottish history comes from the "Stone of Destiny". The Stone of Destiny presently rests under the Throne of Scotland in Edinburgh Castle, where the next Scottish King will be crowned to reign. It is believed that the Stone of Destiny is the very stone that Jacob used as a pillow when he dreamed of ladder that ascended all the way to the Heavens.


According to a Jewish Mystic Writings, the Stone of Destiny will be taken from Edinburgh to Jerusalem when the Third Temple of Jerusalem is reconstructed on Mount Moriah, and the next King of Israel will be crowned.  Many Scots believe that the next Scottish King wil be crowned upon this stone, hence creating a new Monarchy and Kingdom.


The Stone of Destiny
Located in Edingburg Castle in Scotland



It is my sincere hope that the explanation of the meanings of the Rabbinical Tartan are both educational and enlightening to the reader.  It is my most sincere goal that the information herein contained is NOT considered by the reader as an attempt to proselytize or demean any religion or sect. 


Shalom U' Berakhot (Peace and Blessings)



How to Order the Rabbinical Tartan

 Any DULY ORDAINED RABBI wishing to obtain permission to weave this tartan must contact Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo or his duly authorised agent by placing an initial enquiry through this website.

 The ONLY authorised weaver of the Rabbinical Tartan is:

 D.C. Dalgliesh, Ltd.,Dunsdale Mill,

Selkirk, TD7 5EB

Scotland, United Kingdom


The Rabbinical Tartan is made of 100% virgin wool from Scotland, and its colours are made with vegetable or synthetic dyes only.  No dye of animal origin is employed.

 The Rabbinical Tartan is NEVER woven on Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath), on Jewish Holy Days or during Jewish Festivals.




Any garments (such as kilts, Piper and FlyPlaids,  and any other accessories) fashioned in this tartan by Mr.Gary James Michael Berreth, are hand-sewn using GOLD needles, employing traditional methods learned by Mr. Berreth in Scotland and improved  by his own procedures to stabilize the tartan pleats, gained by his many years of experience fashioning  Heirloom-Quality garments. 


No garment is ever fashioned on Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath), or on Jewish Holy Days.  Garments contain no Sha'anetz,  the forbidden mixture of wool and linen, as prohibited by Halakha (Jewish Law), as described in the Bible as one of the 613 Commandments. 


All garments are crafted by Mr. Berreth using the Rabbinical Tartan are made under strict Rabbinical supervision.




The following commentaries about the Rabbinical Tartan and the first kilt crafted using said tartan were posted on a website in Scotland, "X Marks the Scot" and  published in"Scotland Today" , a major newspaper in Scotland with a readership of over 10 million subscribers.




This above website is a virtual community of Kilt Wearers, Kiltmakers and Kilt-Industry Professionals in Scotland.  The following comments were posted by members of that forum, some as questions, compliments or explanations.  To see the full list, click of the link above for an identical version of the comments herein contained.  If you have any comments, we welcome your opinion.  You may send your own comment to: info@californiabagpiper.com.


Thank you!


  #1       02-11-2011, 12:36 AM 

Location: Lodi, California, U.S.A. (Northern California)
The Rabbinical Tartan is here: from concept to reality!


The Rabbinical Tartan kilt is here! 


I have just received my newest kilt fashioned on a tartan of my own Co-Design and Ownership. It's called the "Rabbinical Tartan" and is restricted to Ordained Rabbis only. In about 11 months , the kilt was Co-Designed and fashioned by a Master Kikltmaker and Tartan Designer, Mr. Gary Berreth, of Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. , into an unique, " Heirloom-Quality garment",  pleated in the traditional "military style"kilt containing 56 pleats!   The pleats are arranged in such manner that it containts NO VERTICAL lines on the pleated surface;  The vertical lines are only seen when walking and the kilt "flashes" those lines.  (There is a mystical significance to this. The only one in the world!


Another kilt, made on the sett (dress style) is being made now, due for completion by the Fall of 2011.  Completed October 2011.


The concept of tartans beings restricted to clergy of other denominations, whlie not numerous, ihas been a standard practise of many clerics, who have design and legally registered tartans for their unique religious denomination, now archived by The Scotish Register of Tartans (SRT). Though the SRT is a relatively young branch of the Scottish Government, it obtained and consolidated archived tartans from other log-standing organisations in Scotland that preeded it by many, many years, resulting in an impresive archival collection of tartans.

The Scottish Register of Tartans contains several of said restircted clerical tartans in its archives. For those who are of the Jewish faith, there are other unrestricted Jewish Tartans (Jewish Tartan, Am Yisrael Chai, and others) registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans; however, but this is the only one restricted to Rabbis (Jewish clergyperson). 


Mr. Gary Berreth has designed and will soon register an entire line of unrestricted tartans with motifs inspired by places in the "Holy Land.  These tartan will be available to all, regardless of faith or religious affiliation.

This reasons for the restriction on the RABBINICAL TARTAN were necessary in order to avoid disecration of the multiple symbols and meanings that the Rabbinical Tartan contains. It is a tartan replete with Mystic and Kabbalistics meanings in its design. Its design employed the Fibonacci Mathematical sequencing system, and the Ancient Art and Science of Gematria, which is the mystic interpretation of the  meanings based on the numberical values of Hebrew letters(like the Romans numbers, where I=1, V=5, X=10, etc.) or the use of numbers (of threads) to find the same Mystic values by reverse application of letters to numbers, thus creating words of Kabbalistic significance.


The first kilt made using this tartan was fashioned in accordance with the Laws of Shaa'neetz, which prohibits the mixture or commingling of diferrent types of materials (no wool and linen can be in the same garment), made by a Kilt Maker who is observant of Shabbat and Yamim Tovim (Sabbath and Holy Days). The kiltmaker also developed an unique method of of using special stabilising materials and procedures, capable of handling extreme pulling of the kilt without any shifting of the tartan. This process remains proprietary and confidential. The kilting took 11 months.


The kilt was entirely hand-made, and has 56 pleats containing over 25,000 (yes, 25 thousand!) hand-sewn stitches using gold needles, all done under strict Rabbinical supervision, ensuring its compliance with Jewish laws regarding the crafting of garments and guarding against the prohibition of mixture of certain textiles, such as wool and linnen. The result? A one-of-a-kind, "heirloom quality" art masterpiece and an unique religiously-significant "treasure"!


For more information about: The Rabbinical Tartan, please visit: http://www.californiabagpiper.com/id56.html/ (note: this is not a commercial website, nor can anyone purchase anything through it, in accordance with the rules of the above mentioned forum).

This website contains a detailed explanation of the Rabbinical Tartan, and its connection to Scotland.


Authorised Weaver: D.C. Dalgliesh and Sons, Scotland, UK


Shalom and Alba Gu Brah!


Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo



Paul Henry

02-11-2011, 01:05 AM 
Location: kingston,UK 
The details are here


56 pleats, WOW! we definitely need to see a picture of it, normally in a hand sewn kilt you can expect 25 to 30 pleats, so 56 pleats either means they are very narrow, or possibly doubled up, either way it likely uses a lot more fabric if it has normal sized pleats or else the pleats are very narrow.
I'm interested in what the kilt was sewn with, I'm a kilt maker and I'm wondering what thread was used, I'd be lost without polyester thread( it's strong and light) and I don't honestly know if it would be allowed anyway.If I ever had a Jewish client who had some beliefs on these matters I'd love to be able to answer him.
And please I'm sure we would all love to see some pictures when you can, please! 




Location: California, U.S.A.

Hello Paul Henry,

I am glad you found this tartan and the kilt interesting enough to write some enquiries. THIS IS NO ORDINARY KILT!


The kilt has 56 pleats, plus about 30 cm. of hidden extra tartan for future altherations, should they be required. In total, it contains 14 metres of tartan, and while the pleats number fifty six, they ARE NOT doubled and each one can ben clearly seend when worn. Of course, they are smaller than the usual than the other 18 kilts I have (the pleats are 1.12 cm and reach from side to side, begining and ending on precisely under the belth buckles).


While I agree with you that polyesther is light and strong, the kilt was sewn using 100% wool upholstery tread, since we steadfastly adhered to the Laws of ShaaŽnetz (the prohibition of mixing species, fabrics on the same garments, etc.) As a kiltmaker your must know how difficult is to sew wool using wool; so we use a colorless lotion as a lubricant, when making each pleat, which contains over 225 stitches each. In addition to the first kilt, the kilter also made a Piper's plaid, a Flight plaid, hose flashes, drone ribbons for my 1892 Henderson Pipes and a Boukari, a sort of headgear worn by Rabbis and Cantors, containing 18 pieces (the number 18 means "Chay" in Hebrew, Life in English, as in the famous Jewish toast "Le Chayim" -"To Life").


The next kilt on the sett, will also have 56 pleats and the process is going on as we speak. But since we are aproaching the Festival of Passover soon (near Easter) and the several Jewish holy Days, follow by the "High Holidays" of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and the Festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), during which sewing is not permitted, we are safely estimating that the new kilt will be completed by early fall of this year.

In my humble opinion (I am not a kiltmaker like you, but in the process of supervising he making of this and others kilts I own (all 16 of them so far, soon will be 17), I have been "mildly educated" about your craft.


I DO have over 300 pictures of every process of the making of this kilt, and will soon post them in a website (about 50 photos), where you can see pictures in regular and high resolution, from unfurling the tartan bolt to the final stich on the label bering my name inside the liner (also made of wool). The only part of the process that will be
ommited from the "public access" photographic record is the stabilising materials and procedures, since they were created by the kiltmaker and are consider "intellectual property", hence, the internal lines is sealed and you cannot reach the waistband from inside.


Regarding the registration, I am in agreement with you in the sense that the STR is an impresive archive,, but respectfully disagree about the rights and powers granted to the registrants as being "limited". 


Under Civi law, the Hague (and Interpol) as well as many States in the U.S.A., consider the first person to register a Tartan as as restricted, the "legal owner", should some unscrupulous person decide to weave the tartan. Said entities grant similar rights of a "patent holder" (albeit without "expiration"), allowing the owner whose restricted tartan was woven without his or her express written consent to litigate agaisnt the offender.


This, has unfortunately has had a precedent, where a restricted tartan was registered with the SRT and someone made a reproduction in Canada and another one in Pakistan.  In said cases, the owner successfully litigated and won their cases on such merit, and received a rather large monetary award, in addition of penalties, tribunal costs and other compensation for "damages" granted by the tribunal.


It is my sincere hope that I have answered your questions to your full satisfaction.  I look forward to finishing this project of posting the photos soon, and will inform you of where to visit to view them and offer your comments, ideas and hopefully, as a professional, some constructive criticism.



Kindest regards,

Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo


#4       02-11-2011, 02:33 AM 

Location: Lodi, California, U.S.A. (Northern California)
Re: Kilt making - Rabbinical Tartan


I should have mentioned that the pleats are 3 inches deep, all 56 of them. A total of 14 metres were used to make this kilt.



  #5       02-11-2011, 04:53 AM 

Location: Aberdeen/Huntly, Scotland
I too would like to see this kilt, it sounds too good to be true.

How many yards of cloth were used to make this thing?


Answer: 14 metres of 16 oz. weight tartan
The hielan' man he wears the kilt, even when it's snowin';
He kens na where the wind comes frae,
But he kens fine where its goin'.

  #6       02-11-2011, 05:11 AM 

Location: Scotland, U.K.
Goodness...over eleven yards?  It must be the only one in the world.
"Vincit Veritas!"

#7       02-11-2011, 05:16 AM 
 Spartan Tartan    
Location: Born and raised outside of Flint, MI. Now...Oklahoma City, OK  U.S.A.
Sounds wonderful! 

#8       02-11-2011, 07:25 AM 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.A.

 #9       02-11-2011, 07:37 AM 
Lol...i did not see that...did the math...
"Vincit Veritas!"

  #10       02-11-2011, 07:42 AM 
 McFarkus     Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Posts: 4,160 
Wow! 14 metres - just over 15 yards! That is some kilt!. Is there a religious reason for the 56 pleats as well. I am so impressed that kilt-making process followed the restrictions for mixing species.

ANSWER: Read introduction
Animo non astutia 



02-11-2011, 08:03 AM

M. A. C. Newsome

Director - Scottish Tartans Museum USA


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Location: Western NC

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I'm wondering how large the wearer is. 14 meters is an almost unheard of amount of material to use in a kilt -- nearly double the average!

Matthew A. C. Newsome, GTS, FSA Scot
Director of the Scottish Tartans Museum | Governor, Scottish Tartans Authority


02-11-2011, 08:22 AM


Originally Posted by M. A. C. Newsome

I'm wondering how large the wearer is. 14 meters is an almost unheard of amount of material to use in a kilt -- nearly double the average!

ANSWER: I am  of average size. The tartan was woven in 16 oz. weight.


02-11-2011, 08:31 AM

Canuck of NI


Location: Canada

Rabinnical tartan? It's a gezunt, I think.

"If you look long into the abyss, the abyss looks into you." - F.N.



02-11-2011, 08:40 AM



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I LOVE THIS!!! I can't wait to see it and the pictures.....Its seems a touch of Kabala is also mixed into the construction (Kabala Kilt?). This is really fantastic and exciting! Please hurry with the photos!! I'm located in Sacramento and would love to drive down and see it in person!!

When you see paintings of our ancestors in the highlands in days of yore, are they wearing solid colored hose? Honor your tradition-Wear diced hose!




02-11-2011, 09:11 AM




Location: Savannah GA

Posts: 16

You know, I clicked on this link with high hopes yet low expectations, but WOW, that kilt is EXACTLY what I was hoping! Full of significance, unique in style and construction, and a worthy piece of art right from the get go. I'm not jewish but I have nothing but respect for a religion able to preserve and maintain such strict and ancient customs and traditions and express them in a contemporary way. This kilt looks to be visually impressive to even a lay person ignorant of kilts, an item of fascination for those familiar with kilts, and rich in meaning for those of jewish faith. Very difficult to pull off a work of art that hits on all those levels. Well done!




02-11-2011, 07:27 PM




Location: Lodi, California, U.S.A. (Northern California)

Posts: 14

Answers to your questions

Thank you for all your comments. I will attempt to answer as many questions and I can recall.

To Mr. Paul Henry, a professional kiltmaker, the length of tartan employed is equivalent to about one-and-ahalf kilts, if you consider that all my kilts are made with no less than 9 yards of tartan. By the way, many thanks for being so gracious and amicable during our communication earlier today. I sincerely appreciate your comments and advise. I know that some kilts are made with as little as 4 to 6 yards;is such case, the tartan used on my kilt would equate the length of 3 to 4 kilts. The cost is beyond extraordinary, but the results and no less than impresively remarkable. A one-of-a kind garment!

How much Tartan? - 14 metres (Mr. Jordan and Llywd)
To Spartan Tartan, You are too kind! I am obliged!

In what weight is the tartan woven? 16 ounce; woven double wide

To Mr. Jordan - When I was developing the design with a professioal tartan designer and kiltmaker, I too, shared your skepticism and have my doubts of wether the concept would ever become a reality. It did! It is a reality! All to the credit of the kiltmaker: Mr. Gary JM Berreth of White Thistle Tarta Designs and Kiltmakers. I guess his over 35 years of experience proved me wrong! Excellent comment! Thank you!

How many pleats? (by Mr. McFarkus) 56

Does the number fifty six have any religious significance? (by Mr. McFarkus)Short answer -Aye, for more please visit the website dedicated to explaing all its meanings. http://www.californiabagpiper.com/id56.html

How big is the wearer? (by Mr. Newsome, from The Scottish Tartan Authority) Waist size 38 inches, 5 feet 8 1/2 inches in stature, 191 lbs weight.

Does it have a touch of Kabbalah? (by NorCal Piper) Most certainly, REAL Kabbalah! But not exclusively. In addition to Gematria and referencces to the Tanakh, Mishnah, Gemarah, the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds and Midrashim. Yet another excellent question!

With that much tartan and that manyy pleats, most people who have not seen the kilts (one military, one dress) would imagine the wearer to be stout and rotund. Not so. I am sorry if you expected someone much bigger.

How heavy is it? - from "birthday suit" to full military, including hose broghs, hose flashes, Military Tunic, piper's plaid, belt and cross belt, sghian duhb, Full size dirk, custom-made silver kilt pin, Commisioned Officer's red sash and head gear (feather bonnet, Glengarry, Balmoral of Pith Helmet, head gear's weight is negligible by now) = 44 lbs. To that we add the weight of the bagpipes.

Many thanks to Jason and NorCal piper for their comments. You both live near me and are welcome to come to visit my home and will honored to receive you as my guests for tea and pastries, or a wee dram from my extensive collection of fine Single Malt Whiskeys. You can then see the kilt with with your own eyes, inside and outside and the suberp workmanship.
If interested in a personal visit, please contact me and I will give you my address, phone and directions. I promise to make it worth your time. DO brigh your bagipes, too, for a jamming session! (if you are passig by Lodi, CA, cal me and stop by, I have 7 sets of bagpipes, always ready to play!

As I stated before, for more information, please visit: http://www.californiabagpiper.com/id56.html

I am in the process of launching a website (cunrrently under construction) which photographically chronicles the entire construction of this kilt; from opening the bolt, to the last steam stitch. I will be available in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Frenh, German, Yiddish, Ladino and Italian (perhaps even Gaelic). Once the site is launched and running, it will be announed on this forum.

It might inerests only a few of you that I have gone to piping performance, fully dressed, riding a deluxe cruiser motorcycle. Just place the aprons over the tank and use two strong magnets. It works, evenr at 70 mph. Pictures of this will be posted soon.

Thank you for al the questions. Any constructive criticism is welcome and greatly appreciated.


Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo





02-15-2011, 11:39 AM




Location: South Wales UK

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For information to those who wonder where the thread (posts on this subject) went.

The thread was moved to holding pending discussion upon an embedded link.  It was later determined by the moderators of this forum that such link offered additional infornation from the kiltmaker's point of view and was not in direct competition with our paying sponsors.

It is now returned to the open forum.

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02-15-2011, 11:49 AM



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Glad to see the thread back and to have so many great questions answered. This is fascinating. I hope Rabbi Pazo will eventually post photos of the kilt.

Animo non astutia





02-15-2011, 12:43 PM




Location: Stamford, CT

Posts: 201

Wow, really interesting and intricate design. I enjoyed reading about the concept and how it was made into a tartan. Nice job.





02-15-2011, 12:51 PM




Location: Central Kentucky, USA


Originally Posted by Rabbi_Pazo

...(the pleats are 1.12 cm and reach from side to side, begining and ending on precisely under the belt strap buckles)....

Is this right? Do you mean the strap buckles? If not, that would explain how you get so many pleats.

ANSWER: Read introduction for more into and the inportance on the number 56. Thank You.

Kenneth Mansfield
My tartan quilt: Austin, Campbell, Hamilton, MacLean, MacRae, Robertson, Sinclair (and counting)


02-15-2011, 02:08 PM



Location: Middletown, Ohio, USA/Kingussie, Inverness-shire, Scotland


Originally Posted by M. A. C. Newsome

I'm wondering how large the wearer is. 14 meters is an almost unheard of amount of material to use in a kilt -- nearly double the average!

Caol Anndra MacMhuirich, M.Ed.
Kyle Andrew Macpherson, M.Ed.




02-15-2011, 04:53 PM



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56 Pleats

To SlagerDummer: The number 56 has a tremendously importannt  Kabbalistic significance to the Rabbinate. Although when you make a kilt with so many pleats, the result was a remarkable peace of art and craftmanship.

The pleats are variable (hour-glass shapped) and range from 0.9 cm to just over 1.12 cm. The depth of the pleats are almost 10 cm ( close to 4 inches), hence the tremedously large amount of tartam employed.


Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo



02-15-2011, 05:04 PM



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Size of wearer of a kilt with 56 pleats and 14 metres of tartan

Steemed Guests: Here are my personal dimensions, the weared of this kilt that has roused so many questions. All measures are in Standard UK units.
Height: 5 feet 8 1/2 inches
Weight: 191 lbs.
Constitution: Muscular/athletic
Waist: 38 inches ( a bit stout)

I hope this answer you enquiry!


Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo






02-15-2011, 05:09 PM




Location: Kofu, Japan ( 35°39'45.14"N 138°33'26.07"E)


It is my understanding, that it is appropriate, upon hearing good news that benefits others, to recite the ha'tov ha'metiv blessing. As it's clear that you are absolutely stoked and excited about the completion of this huge project, congratulations and Mazel Tov!

Barukh attah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, hatov vehametiv.
(Blessed are You, L-rd G-d, King of the universe, who is good and who does good.)

Romanes Eunt Domus!


Comment from Rabbi Pazo: Someone from Japan wrote a comment in Hebrew in a forum from Scotland.  Amazing!  Todah Rabah! (Thank you very much!) 



02-15-2011, 06:05 PM

Geoff Withnell


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Location: Washington DC

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Originally Posted by CDNSushi

It is my understanding, that it is appropriate, upon hearing good news that benefits others, to recite the ha'tov ha'metiv blessing. As it's clear that you are absolutely stoked and excited about the completion of this huge project, congratulations and Mazel Tov!

Barukh attah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, hatov vehametiv.
(Blessed are You, L-rd G-d, King of the universe, who is good and who does good.)


Geoff Withnell

"My comrades, they did never yield, for courage knows no bounds."
No longer subject to reveille US Marine.



02-15-2011, 08:18 PM




Location: Inverness-shire, Scotland & British Columbia, Canada


Congratulations, Raphael, but we have a saying here on this forum: it didn't happen if there are no photos to prove it. We've seen the tartan and it's lovely, but to keep us happy and believing you, you must show us the kilt and you in it! Well, hmmm, really two pics are required: one from the front and the second a Hamish shot of the pleats (just visit the Hamish-the-Legend section of the forum for the finest of style examples).

We don't need to see how it was made -- almost all of us have been there and done that inumerable times in our lives -- but we drool to see finished work, especially when it is of such a massive undertaking as this kilt of yours.

No excuses now, just two little pics; just two,


ANSWER: Be careful what you ask for: a site has been developed that protoghraphically chronicles the most inportant steps in building this kilt.  As for the two pictures, some of the people in this forum have already seen the kilt via SKYPE or other webcam program.  I can be reached on SKYPE at eaphael.pazo.  Please add me to you list of contacts and send me an e-mail with the date and time you wish to have a "sneak preview" before the site is launched.  By the way, once the website it is operational there will be a link posted on this website. Thank you!





02-15-2011, 10:37 PM

Brian K


Location: Sandy Creek, NY


Originally Posted by ThistleDown

No excuses now, just two little pics; just two

I, too, congratulate you, Bro.'. Raphael on your single-minded determination to bring this impressive project to fruition.

I must, however, agree with Rex, i.e. "pictures or it didn't happen."

In other words, please stop teasing us and post some pictures of this unique kilt!!

Cordially and Fraternally,

Brian Killam, PM, PHP, KT and 32degree


Dear Brother Brian:  The project of making a site with pictures required a tremendous ammount of effort from those who are working on it.  Besides, PATIENCE is a virtue that you are well acquainted with.


Fraternal Regards,


Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo,

P.M. of Anaheim Lodge #207, Anaheim, CA; Former Inspector of 248th Masonic District , Former Assistant Grand Lecturer and most recently,

33 Degree (Inspector General Honorary)




02-16-2011, 11:41 AM

Alan H



Location: California, USA


Sewn with gold needles? My goodness!

Emphatically NOT a member of the order of the dandelion.


ANSWER: the use of gold needles has a great significance.  See the description of the colour GOLD in the description.




02-16-2011, 11:55 AM




Location: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa


CDNSushi wrote:

Barukh attah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, hatov vehametiv.
(Blessed are You, L-rd G-d, King of the universe, who is good and who does good.)

To which Geoff Withnell responded: AMEN.

AMEN to that, brothers!
This is an extraordinary garment, Rabbi, and I congratulate you on its completion.
Mazel tov!

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life. 
[Proverbs 14:27]






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