Who are we?
Founded in London UK, “Old City Shrouds” has grown from a local Chevra Kadisha wholesaler to an international, multi-channel retailer. We sell high quality, great value Jewish Shrouds, as well as all funeral related products to Chevra Kadisha’s across the globe.
Old City Shrouds manufactures its supplies at a first-class professional company that was established in 1995, with now over 20 years of manufacturing experience. The aim of Old City Shrouds is to provide funeral homes with first class Shrouds at the lowest cost possible.
Why choose Old City Shrouds?
Old City Shrouds is the #1 source for all funeral directors. Our company is based in London, UK, and has branches in the USA and Israel. Our knowledge of the Tachrichim and funeral products we sell sets us high above the competition.
Why Pay More?
We now offer a 100% price match guarantee. If you find an item cheaper elsewhere, just let us know and we’ll beat any given price!
The traditional clothing for burying the dead are tachrihim, simple white shrouds. Their use dates back to Rabbi Simeon ben Gamliel II, who, in the second century CE, asked to be buried in inexpensive linen garments. According to the Talmud, Rabban Gamliel observed that the custom of dressing the deceased in expensive clothing put such a terrible burden on the relatives of the deceased, that they would “abandon the body and run.”
The custom he initiated – which set both a decorous minimum and a limit on ostentation – has been followed by observant Jews ever since. “Whoever heaps elaborate shrouds upon the dead transgresses the injunction against wanton destruction. Such a one disgraces the deceased.” The universal use of shrouds protected the poor from embarrassment at not being able to afford lavish burial clothes. Since shrouds have no pockets, wealth or status cannot be expressed or acknowledged in death. In every generation, these garments reaffirmed a fundamental belief in human equality.
Shrouds are white and entirely hand-stitched. They are made without buttons, zippers, or fasteners. Tahrihim come in muslin or linen, fabrics that recall the garments of the ancient Hebrew priesthood. There is little difference in appearance or cost between them; the funeral home may or may not offer a choice. Tahrihim come packaged in sets for men and women. Regardless of gender, they include shirt, pants, a head covering, and a belt. Men may also be wrapped in a kittel, a simple, white ceremonial jacket that some Jews wear on Yom Kippur, at the Passover seder, and under the wedding canopy.
If the body has been prepared for burial with ritual cleansing (taharah), the body will automatically be dressed in tahrihim. Jewish funeral homes and burial societies (hevra kadishas) in general have a supply on hand, and the cost may be covered by their honorarium.The body is clothed in a white linen shroud and not street clothes. Shrouds are sewn without knots, and are a multiple piece garment. Today, virtually all (Jewish) mortuaries carry shrouds. The prices vary, depending on whether it is cotton or linen, or whether it is hand sewn.
Our Promise: OLD CITY SHROUDS guarantees its customers excellent quality products for affordable prices. Our professional sales team will ensure that you receive first class service, and update you of the latest products. For further details or a quotation, please contact our sales team who will be pleased to be of assistance.