quaker head coverings caps bonnets plain women prayer covering kerchiefs

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.

quaker head coverings caps bonnets plain women prayer covering kerchiefs
quaker head coverings caps bonnets plain women prayer covering kerchiefs
quaker head coverings caps bonnets plain women prayer covering kerchiefs
plain dress
Quaker spirituality Spiritual mentor Plain dress
daily george fox quote

Epistle 169

"The Anchor Holds"

TO all the Elect, Chosen and Faithful, who . . . are the Gold tried in the Fire. Who have been tried by Goods spoiling, by Bonds, by Whippings, by Mockings and Reproaches . . . and some have been tried unto Death; and ye have proved to be the pure Gold, that hath come out brighter and brighter. Who have not feared the Waves of the Sea, nor the Winds; who fears not the Storms nor the Weather; whose Anchor holds, which is the Hope, the Mystery, which anchors the Soul which is Immortal, to the Immortal God. . . ...

... view full quote



Quaker Jane's
Recommended Reading


I am not Amish or Mennonite, but some people who come to my website are interested in knowing more about these groups. I can recommend these books as authoritative and relatively inexpensive sources of further information.


An Introduction to Conservative and Old Order Mennonite Groups




Living Without Electricity title=

(More Recommended Reading
on Amish and Mennonites . . .)