Leather Tallit and Tefillin Bags
|Luxury high-end pouches for a tallit and tefilin providing durability and professional look.|
Leather Tefilin and Tallit bags have a luxury appearance and offer a durable cover for these Jewish ritual items. As technology improves, faux- leather, although less durable, becomes more difficult to distinguish from real leather, offering the same high-end look with a lower price tag. Other forms of leather Talit and Tefilin bags include suede and raw cowhide.
 Leather Material
Leather is one of the oldest manufactured products in the world and it is extremely durable. Leather remains have been found in archaeological digs in Egypt and pictograms of the leather tanning process have been found in ancient Assyrian records. Although most leather today is made from cowhide, leather can be made from almost any type of animal skin available, including pig and fish skins. In all likelihood leather used to manufacture Tallis and Tefillin pouches come from kosher animals, generally cows.
 Leather Manufacturing
Pollution from unregulated manufacturing is one of the main problems with the leather industry. Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, which is one of the main leather manufacturing centers in the world, was obliged to temporarily shut down 10% of its tanneries in 2009 due to environmental pollution. Responsible manufactures of leather goods, especially Judaica item like tefilin bags, may prefer to buy their leather from more sustainable and eco friendly sources, making their product more expensive.
 Artificial Leather
Due to environmental concerns and animal right issues, many people prefer artificial leather, often marketed as leatherette, faux-leather or pleather. Manufactures of leather tefilin and talis bags may offer a choice of real or faux-leather. As technology improves it is often difficult to tell the difference, except by the price. This makes faux-leather suitable for someone who wants a luxury look for his talis or tefilin bag without the expense. Leatherette is less expensive than real leather, addresses animal rights concerns and needs much less maintenance.
It is important not to leave real leather tefilin or tallit bags out in the hot sun or in very dry environments as this can lead to cracking or fading. This normally does not affect faux-leather. Real leather tallit bags need to be cleaned with saddle soap or shoe polish to remove stains, while pleather can often just be wiped down with a damp cloth, providing another reason to prefer artificial leather Tallis and Tefillin bags.
 Style & Design
Leather or fake leather like tefillin and tallit bags are very stylish and can be personalized with the owner’s name, as well as other designs. Manufacturers of leather tefilin and talit bags often emboss designs of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall (Kotel) on to their sets. Another luxury style uses gold or silver thread to embroider pictures or patterns on the bag. Leather tallis and tefilin bag sets can also be given a strap or handle making them suitable for the travelling executive. As they are considered high-end luxury items, leather tefilin and tallis sets makes an ideal Bar Mitzvah or Chasana wedding gift.