Price Comparison of Other Tekhelet Candidates



A Comparsion of the Cost of all of the hand dyed Tekhelet candidates available, for the dyed strings used for a set of Traditional Karaite tzitziot


This is a comparison of the costs to buy the same number of tekhlelet blue dyed strings, requiring 16 tekhelet blue strings, not plaited, to be used in a set containing four Karaite tzitziot, large size, used for a talit gadol.  This is in US funds;


Radzin's Cuttlefish dyed strings, not tied, for the same amount of 16 blue strings in one set of four Karaite tzitziot, would be $120.00 to 155.00.  This is figured at $23.99 to 30.99 for about 5 meters of tekhelet blue in one set. Karaite 16 string sets require about 26 meters of tekhelet. The Radzin use Kosher wool string.


Ptil's Murex Snail dyed strings, not tied, for the same amount of 16 blue strings in one set of four Karaite tzitziot, would be about $100.00 - $150.00.  It was difficult to figure out a comparison as we are unfamiliar with the different styles listed. Their process appears to only need one dyeing. A part of the increased cost is because they are also making wool strings from the fleece they dyed and certifying the strings as Kosher.


Spirulina Algae dyed strings, not tied, for the same amount of 16 blue strings in one set of four Karaite tzitziot, would be $90.00.  This is figured at $18.00 for about 5 meters of tekhelet blue in one set.  Karaite 16 string sets require about 26 meters of tekhelet.  A part of the increased cost is that the wool strings are purchased as certified Kosher and the hemp and linen strings are spun there and then certified.


Indigo dyed strings, not tied, for the same amount of 16 blue strings in one set of four Karaite tzitziot, would be $ 65.00. This vendor charges $ 13.00 per set of strings, which has 5 meters of tekhelet.  Karaite 16 string sets require about 26 meters of tekhelet.  However this vendor also sells bulk 24 x 50 inch cut indigo dyed strings for $ 36.40, which works out to 30.5 meters. This in turn works out to about $31.00 for the 26 meters required for a Karaite set.  This vendor charges $48.00 for a tied set of hand dyed cotton Indigo Karaite tzitziot.


Woad dyed strings, not tied, for the same amount of 16 blue strings in one set of four Karaite tzitziot, is $ 18.00.


Plaiting for a set of  Traditional Karaite Tzitziot, appears to be approximately $ 18.00 to 35.00 for the labour.  Both sizes have the same pattern and require the same amount of work.  The smaller size is more difficult as we are working with less strings, making it a more intricate work.  We are charging  $ 25.00 or $12.50/hr for the 2 hours it takes to cut, plait and tie small knots on the ends of 128 strings.

 

The sites where I gathered the prices from and then calculated for the differences in size, numbers of strings and other factors are listed here;


1.  Ptil Murex snail     http://store.tekhelet.com/34434-Strings


2.  Spirulina              http://www.rivkasari.com/TZIT.html             


3. Radzin cuttlefish             https://www.ajudaica.com/Heavy-weight-Original-Blue-Tekhelet-Radzin/item690


4. Indigo                   http://www.zipporahsthimble.com/shop/index.php/tzitziyot/creative-tzitzit/tzitzit-tying-kit.html


Price comparison of candidates of hand dyed tekhelet at a glance;


This is a very brief and condensed comparison of the cost of the other candidates of hand dyed tekhelet strings.  The comparison is made based on 4 tekhelet blue strings per tzitziot, as would be needed for a set of four Traditional Karaite Tzitziot, requiring 16 tekhelet blue strings in all.


Radzin Cuttlefish         $    120.00

Ptil Murex                         100.00

Spirulina                             90.00

Indigo                                31.00

Woad                                 18.00

Synthetic dye                        2.00


Charges for plaiting a set of four Traditional Karaite Tzitziot on the internet range from about $18.00 to $35.00.  We are charging $25.00, which works out to be $12.50/hr for 2 hours of work.