Another day, another controversial item of clothing on sale. This time it’s H&M, the clothes chain which had to remove a t-shirt featuring a skull in the middle of a star of David in 2014.
The high-street store has found itself in hot water again after producing a white scarf with woven stripes which strongly resembles the tallit prayer shawl, which Jewish people wrap themselves in during prayer.
An ultra-Orthodox Jew wears a tallit as he prays in the cave tomb of Rabbi Shimon HaTzadik in Jerusalem (Picture: Getty)
Using religion as inspiration for fashion isn't a new thing, from the rosary necklaces that people rocked in the early 00's to the years when you couldn't escape the keffiyeh scarf, but recently there's been a movement to stop designers from using these sort of items in fashion, deeming it cultural appropriation.
@TheRaDR Wow. I'm not easily offended, but that is one offensive scarf.— Jason Rosenbaum (@WhyAmINotAsleep) January 6, 2016
Not everyone is mad though. Shopper Cheryl Hecker commented on a pro-Isreal group: “I like it - stylish and observant at the same time” and journalist Alina D. Sharon tweeted:
An H&M spokesperson told i100.co.uk:
We are truly sorry if we have offended anyone with this piece. Everyone is welcome at H&M and we never take a religious or political stand. Stripes are one of the trends for this season and something we were inspired by. Our intension was never to upset anyone.
When asked if they planned to remove the scarf from stores, H&M they added:
The quantities were small and the products are no longer available in some markets.