The Tallit" is pronounced "Tah leet", plural is tallitot (tallits). It is also called a "talis" (plural is taleisim) in modern Hebrew. TALITH contains two Hebrew words: TAL meaning tent and ITH meaning little. Literally a LITTLE TENT.
The most important part of the tallit is the tzitzit on its corners. The design of the tallit itself only has a few requirements. The tallit must be long enough to be worn over the shoulders (as a shawl), not just around the neck (as a scarf), to fulfill the requirement that the tzitzis be on a "garment." You will find today many beautiful designs that will reflect a specific biblical message. It may be made of any material, but must not be made of a combination of wool and linen, because that combination is forbidden on any clothing according to: Deuteronomy 22:11
All my Tallits are imported from Israel ~ They come in various sizes 72" wide x 27"- 107" long
Also available is a book by 'Dr Rick Kurnow' - The Tallis (Prayer Shawl) and The Tzit Tzit (Fringes)