All throughout the Old Testament it says someone is tearing their garments. 

According to https://www.gotquestions.org/tear-clothes-Bible.html it meant a display of sorrow, loss, or mourning in Jewish custom.

Another interesting article on the subject is found here https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/ws20140815/rip-apart-garments/it also dicusses why they got rid of this custom.

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