Submit your Amish questions by Mary Ann Chase.
I’ve looked at the encyclopedia of Amish questions and found a partial answer to my question about using straight pins instead of buttons….that they can be too fancy….sure would make the actual sewing of clothing easier with no button holes…but what about a baby getting poked by the pin when being held and why don’t they allow hooks and eyes? Safety pins? They would be hidden like pins. Also, do men also have straight pins for their shirts and where did they get the idea that suspenders are more plain than a belt? Maybe they came before belts. And are there zippers or just a flap? I wonder about cleaning the common white shirt. Seems like if they want to dress like Jesus did then it would be robes like a Monk with a cloth tied secture instead of belt. I kinda like the head coverings, prayer caps, for the women…not cumbersome, tho bonnets for going somewhere seem to be so but it would make you feel more private. Wouldn’t the straw hats for the men during summer be scratchy? The felt hats during the winter seem better. I wouldn’t mind having a common dress, like nuns do too (well, some still do). I suppose Amish underwear is fairly modern. As far as I know the women don’t wear bloomers. I think their shoes are plain and modern styles…work boots for men, slip ons for women? How ’bout velcro instead of ties? I’m asking too many questions but my main one was about the straight pins being used for both men and women and poking babies with them. MA
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