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SHATNEZ = WOOL + LINEN

bulletShatnez is the combination of lamb or sheep wool and linen (a flax plant derivative).  Other materials, such as goat and camel wool or strands of jute, hemp and ramie (Chinese linen), cannot create Shatnez.
bulletThe Torah prohibits wearing Shatnez ("Shatnez on the body").  Shatnez "beneath the body" (e.g. upholstery and carpets) is forbidden by a rabbinical prohibition.
bulletThe prohibition of Shatnez applies to men, women and children.  It is forbidden to derive any physical or financial benefit from Shatnez.
bulletGarment labels cannot be relied upon to accurately identify the fiber content. Likewise, promises of salesmen and tailors that their clothes are Shatnez free are very often inaccurate. While self proclaimed Shatnez testers may be able to recognize common forms of linen, modern technology has produced new and blended forms of Shatnez which only a trained expert can detect. The only proper way to ensure that Shatnez is not being worn is by having the clothing inspected by an official tester recognized by a major Shatnez organization such as NCSTAR or Mishmeret Habegged.
bulletAll suits and winter coats should be checked for Shatnez regardless of the listed materials. Even 100% synthetic suits have been found with Shatnez. Similarly, all linen look fabrics (recognized by the thick and thin thread appearance) should be checked.
bulletClothing that lists wool, linen (flax) or even the slightest quantity of unidentified "other fibers" (O.F.) on the tag should be checked. Since one of the two forbidden fibers is already present, the odds of finding Shatnez increases greatly. Consult your local Shatnez lab for details.
bulletIf Shatnez is found in a garment and the Shatnez is removed, the garment is not prohibited.  In many cases, the Shatnez can be removed because the wool and linen are not combined in the basic fabric of the garment.   Shatnez should not be removed by a seamstress or a tailor, but by a trained expert.
bulletThe prohibition of Shatnez applies not only to the mixtures of wool and linen, but also to garments in which sections of wool and sections of linen are permanently attached.  According to the Ashkenazik poskim, even if a bottom linen garment cannot be removed without first taking off a top woolen garment, the two garments are considered attached, and wearing them together is prohibited.   The Sephardic poskim are more lenient in this matter.
bulletMost authorities agree that one may try on a new outfit for size as long as it is not known to contain Shatnez. Some Poskim recommended staying inside the dressing room area where one would not be embarrassed to walk without clothes. Brands known to contain Shatnez may not be worn even temporarily and are muktzah on Shabbos.
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