Eliran Nargassi

tel aviv
City:
tel aviv
Country:
israel
University / School:
shenkar college of engineering and design
Graduation Year:
2012
Production Location:
israel
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Collection – Fall Winter 2018/19 collection – Shatnez

According to the Jewish biblical law, it is prohibited for a Jewish person to wear "Shatnez", meaning a fabric or a garment combining both wool and linen materials. The law forbids the interbreeding of different species of animals, and the planting together of different kinds of seeds, collectively known as Kil'ayim - (Hebrew for Hybrid).
In the ultra-Orthodox garb, a belt named Gartel is tied to the waist in a way that divides the body into two parts: The lower part, referred to as the material part, where the organs responsible for procreation are located. The upper part, considered as the spiritual part, where the head, mind and brain are located, the organs vital for Torah study and Mitzvah (precepts and commandments commanded by God). Hasidic custom requires that there be a physical separation between the heart and the genitalia during any mention of God's name. It is commonly explained that separating the upper and lower parts of the body manifests a control of the animal instincts of the person by the distinctly human intellect.
The upcoming Fall/Winter 2019, Nargassi continues to explore different Jewish aspects, focusing now on elements & details in garments worn by Jewish orthodox groups. In the collection, Nargassi created belts that were inspired by the Gartel and combined them with woolen threads in Tzitzit - like ties and the Jewish prayer shawl.
This collection follows the line identified with the Brand's hand-writing, contrasting and raising questions. On the one hand - conservative, religious, Jewish, rooted, & Israeli. On the other hand, by combining Wool & Linen together - Nargassi goes against the Jewish law and one of the traditions that even nowadays are still closely observed. It is cynical to think how something that is so rationally minor and not visible makes wearing this garment forbidden.

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Kil'ayim are the prohibitions in Jewish law about planting certain mixtures of seeds, grafting, mixtures of plants in vineyards, crossbreeding animals, working a team of different kinds of animals together, and mixing wool and linen in garments.

The gartel is a belt used by Jewish males, predominantly (but not exclusively) Hasidim, during prayer. "Gartel" is Yiddish for "belt". The word comes from the same source as German "Gürtel", which is also cognate with the English "girdle", and "girt".

In its primary meaning, the Hebrew word mitzvah refers to precepts and commandments commanded by God.

Tzitzit are specially knotted ritual fringes, or tassels, worn in antiquity by Israelites and today by observant Jews and Samaritans. Tzitzit are attached to the four corners of the tallit (prayer shawl) and tallit katan (everyday undergarment).

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About
Eliran Nargassi, born 1985, Menswear Fashion Designer based in Tel Aviv. Graduate of class 2012 from Shenkar - college of Engineering and Design. Upon Graduation, Nargassi briefly worked for Several Israeli based commercial Brands but shortly after, realizing the limits of Designing for commercial fashion industry, the conception of starting his own brand has begun. The label Eliran Nargassi was established in the beginning of 2013, taking an active part in the renaissance of the Menswear fashion scene in Nargassi's homeland, catering the modern individual who’s on the search for innovative fashion with a personal touch and attention to details. Clean-cut & minimalistic design blended in with contrasts and graphic cuts & geometrical forms, the label's lines are highly wearable and functional keeping the commercial value a secondary feature. Nargassi’s inspiration derives from his personal biography & inner world, born to a Jewish orthodox family but leading a secular lifestyle, drawn to the conflicts & tension between religion & secularism, issues of gender and it’s interpretation. Up to now, Nargassi had released 7 collections under the Eliran Nargassi label, catching the eye of many fashion experts, both Israeli & international, being featured in Major Fashion magazines and blogs. On September 2016 Nargassi was selected as Best Menswear Designer in Israel.