What are tzitz - tassels?
Lets study the word Tassels /Tzitzit / ציצת
Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 15:38 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them to make (tzitziyot) on the (corner) of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue (cord) in the tzitzit of the corners. .
The Hebrew word for locks, tassels, and fringes are all used by this word. Tzitz.
The root word of Tzitz is TzTz / צצ: which means to Bloom
The beauty that comes with this is when we think about the action of Blooming - a flower that blooms has grown to the state of producing a fruit- providing a seed to continue it's life -
Literally as the flower blooms you develop a bud or "knot" then the pedals tend to twist and rotate a bit while opening.
But there's more! Interestingly enough, the following word on where to place the tzitz/tassel is on the Border or "Kanaph". If we pay attention to the placement of budding flowers they always bud towards, or at the end of the stem. The corners. The end. Simple.
Kanaph / כנף : is also known as the action of the wing of a bird covering their young, fixated on the wings symbolizing again the border - of the bird.
Lastly the word Ribbon in the KJV versions in the scriptures is "Pathal" which means a cord.
In order to make cords you have to twist fibers together.
This gives us more understanding on how fringes should look. Versus the image of what we perceive a Ribbon to be today.
Tzitz also was used in Ezekiel 8:3 when Ezekiel was taken by his "lock". Many of us who have, had or know locks know that they go through a budding-blossom stage that is made by the twisting, and knotting of the lock. .
The word Tzitz is so functional and would make complete sense in our agricultural lifestyles and a norm of how we may had seen our hair daily.. Essentially (from my present understanding) a tzitz was a twisted cord that contain knots, which where placed or made on the corners of our garments and hung down.
We we're commanded to wear tzitz as a reminder to keep the commandments - which should speak to how twisted we where that we'd have to wear cords to try to keep us straight! Think about that!
There various examples throughout scriptures that show us the usage of tzitzit and where the actual term derived from. I encourage you to seek them out!