The Truth About Mixed Fabrics

I think Hebrews need a lesson in textiles 101 we need to know the difference between synthetic fibers and natural fibers. Which fibers can be blended together for comfort and which fibers that are scripturally not allowed to be mixed together. 

All will be revealed below

I went to college at The Art Institute of Houston, majoring in Fashion and Retail Management. Two of my favorite classes were textiles and Apparel Evaluation & Construction. I've learned a lot of valuable information from that college that I still put to use to this  very day in my own business 

I can't tell you how many times people have contacted me with questions regarding fabric choice. From those who keep the Torah instruction on not mixing fabric blends to those who are just interested in wanting to make their own garments. 

I wanted to put some information together to help my people get some understanding on textiles/fabrics. 

Clothing is made from fibers. Up until 1935, all fibers used were either plant or animal based like cotton, linen, silk, and wool. In 1935, DuPont invented nylon which quickly replaced silk stockings and shortly after that, synthetic fabrics were made to be used for the garment industry. All clothing in the United States has a fiber content label on it that will tell you what percentage of the garment is made from each type of fiber. Reading this label gives you very important information on how to care for your clothing, and gives you a pretty good idea how the garment will wear.

Natural fibers, obviously, are the fibers that are created from plant or animal sources. They typically allow your skin to breathe better and are considered to be more comfortable, especially in very warm climates. Their major drawback is that they have a tendency to wrinkle badly or shrink when they are washed. Most natural fiber fabrics will shrink when exposed to very hot water and high heat drying methods.

The most common Natural Fibers used in clothing:

• Cotton

• Linen

• Wool

• Silk



Synthetic fibers have the luxury of being more resilient, longer lasting, and have less of a tendency to wrinkle. Each synthetic fabric has specific care instructions that you must follow in order not to ruin the fabric. Some synthetic fibers will melt when exposed to heat, like a hot dryer or hot iron.

Some of the most common Synthetic Fibers used in clothing:

• Nylon

• Rayon

• Acetate

• Acrylic

• Polyester

• Spandex

However, many synthetic fibers are not as comfortable to wear, causing the garment industry to experiment with combining the best of both. 

Natural/synthetic blends combine the best of the natural and synthetic fibers, creating fabrics that resist staining, are comfortable, have a little "give" to them, and don't wrinkle as much as natural fiber clothing does.

Taking care of your garments means understanding what your garment is made of and learn the best way to care for that fabric.

Ok so that's a brief introduction on natural and synthetic fibers.

Now I would like to show you scripturally what Yahuah says about fabrics. 

Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together. (Deuteronomy 22:11)

לא תלבשׁ שׁעטנז צמר ופשׁתים יחדו׃





From an unused root probably meaning to be shaggy; wool

KJV Usage: wool (-len).

 1. wool 

   a. wool 

   b. whiteness (metaph.) 

   c. wool (in garments)

Origin: from an unused root probably meaning to be shaggy



פּשׁתּה : LINEN



From the same as H6580 as in the sense of comminuting; linen (that is, the thread, as carded)

KJV Usage: flax, linen.

 1. flax, linen 

   a. fibre used as material for garments

Origin: from the same as H6580 as in the sense of comminuting






Probably of foreign derivation; linsey woolsey, that is, cloth of linen and wool carded and spun together

KJV Usage: garment of divers sorts, linen and woollen.

Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions


 1. mixed stuff, fabric of mixed weave, linsey-woolsey 

   a. a kind of cloth forbidden for garments 

   b. cloth made by weaving linen and wool together

Origin: probably of foreign derivation

**Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible**

Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts,.... The Jews say nothing is forbidden under the name of sorts but what is spun and wove, as it is said, "thou shalt not wear sheatnez", a thing that is carded, spun, and wove (l); which Ainsworth translates "linsie woolsie", and is explained by what follows: as "of woollen and linen together"; of which See Gill on Leviticus 19:19, whereas Josephus (m) observes, this was granted to the priests only to wear such garments. Bochart (n) affirms it to be false; but that great man is mistaken; the blue, purple, and scarlet, in the priests' garments, were no other than dyed wool; and it is a sentiment in general received by the Jews, that the priests wore no other but woollen and linen in their service; see the note on the above place; otherwise this law is so strictly observed, as not, to sew a woollen garment with linen thread, and so on the contrary (o).

(l) Misn. Celaim. c. 9. sect. 8. (m) Antiqu. l. 4. c. 8. sect. 11. (n) Hierozoic. par. 1. l. 2. c. 45. col. 491. (o) Leo Modena's History of Rites, &c. l. 1. c. 5.

That's the Scriptural portion

Now here's my wisdom

If you have a cotton/polyester shirt Lo you are not going against the Torah! Scripture specifically mentions LINEN & WOOL. 


What is the difference between cotton and linen?

Cotton comes from cotton plants, and linen comes from flax plants. Both are popular materials found in clothing and domestic textiles, although the considerable differences between them make each fiber better suited for specific applications. These differences become apparent once the fibers are woven into cloth. Cotton fabric is soft, breathable and retains heat more effectively than linen. It is durable, washable and resists wrinkling. Linen is also durable and washable but quickly develops tenacious wrinkles. Consequently, this fabric is rarely used in children's clothing. The color of natural linen fabric ranges from white to cream. It accepts dye well and resists fading, even after repeated machine washing. Linen fabric is thin, light and exceptionally strong for its size. It feels cool against the skin and is used extensively in hot weather clothing. Its poor heat retention, however, makes linen clothing useless in cold weather. Tightly woven linen napkins and tablecloths are among the finest in the world. Linen's natural wax content gives the fabric an attractive sheen and luxurious texture.

Blended fabric made from linen and cotton offers many benefits of both materials. Linen-cotton blends are wrinkle resistant, lightweight and breathable but retain heat more effectively than only linen. These fabrics are thinner, stronger and lighter than only cotton. Blended fabrics are used to make clothing, curtains, bed sheets, pillowcases, slipcovers and other home goods.

I Pray this was able to help someone