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Traditional Plain Dress Women's Caps

Examples and Links to Patterns/Seamstresses

Soft Caps

Soft caps have been worn by many groups, including the Quakers, Amish and Old Order River Brethren. It is important to note some differences. The Old Order River Brethren place much emphasis on a bright white cap, often starching it into shape. Among the Quakers, there is no set pattern, but I show a few of the styles that are worn. The long, flowing veiling is becoming more and more popular among plain women and is now an acceptable alternative with some Plain groups.
  1. Examples
    Nebraska Amish Pleated Cap Swartentruber Amish Smoked Cap Swartentruber Amish smoked black cap
    Amish, Nebraska, Pleated Amish, Swartentruber, Smoked Smoked, unmarried, in black.
    Lancaster Amish Heart-shaped Cap from Katie's Mercantile Christian Coverings' 26 inch veil PrayerCoverings.com 22 inch veil
    Amish, Lancaster, Heart-Shaped 26 inch veiling from Christian Coverings 22 inch veiling from PrayerCoverings.com
    Ohio Yearly Meeting Coif Cap Ohio Yearly Meeting Soft Cap Quaker Style "Laura" Cap from Rachel's Seamstress ServicesQuaker Style "Caroline" Cap from Rachel's Seamstress Services
    Coif-style Cap worn by some women of Ohio Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) Soft Cap worn by some women of Ohio Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) The caps I wear, the Laura Cap and the Caroline Cap from Rachel's Seamstress Services. The Laura Cap in particular was inspired by traditional Quaker caps.
    Photos used by permission of Plainly Dressed, Katie's Mercantile and Burning Ember Arts
  2. Ready-made
  3. Patterns

Stiff Caps

Stiff caps are associated with the Anabaptist tradition (Amish/Mennonite/Amish Mennonite and Old German Baptist Brethren). These happen to all be photos of "net" stiff caps, but some groups wear stiff caps made of solid, non-see-through white or black fabric.
  1. Examples
    Beachy Amish Cap Eastern Mennonite Cap Conservative Mennonite Cap
    Beachy Amish Eastern Mennonite Conservative Mennonite
    Old German Baptist Brethren woman Traditional Covering from Katie's Mercantile
    Old German Baptist Brethren Conservative Mennonite Covering from Katie's Mercantile
    *Photos used by permission of Plainly Dressed
  2. Ready-made
  3. Patterns

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Epistle 264
1669

"Poor Friends": One Meeting to help another

AND in all your Meetings, let notice be given to the Quarterly Meetings of all poor Friends: And when ye have heard, that there is many more Poor belonging to one Meeting than to another, and that Meeting thereby is burdened and oppressed, let the rest of the Meetings assist and help them, so that ye may ease one another, and help to bear one anothers Burdens and so fulfil the Law of Christ. And so see that nothing be lacking, according to the Apostle's words (mark) nothing ...

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