Plain Dressing Women's Head Coverings
Some plain women, but not all, wear a bonnet or some other covering over their cap or prayer covering. Black is the most common color, with blue a common option for unbaptized young women. While black is the most common color for bonnets, white is the most common color for head coverings. Still, some groups have unmarried women wear black caps, and a few have married women wear black caps. The ties on these caps are also significant, with some groups abandoning ties altogether, others requiring them but wearing them long and loose, and other groups using the ties to secure the cap to the head. In some groups black ties are worn after marriage, in others before. Hutterite women wear distinctive polka-dotted kerchiefs tied under the chin, over a close-fitting cap.
Traditionally, Quakers have worn bonnets ranging in color from black to gray-green to fawn. The caps have been white.
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