photo:  Randall Persing

‘You can have any color you like, as long as it’s black’.   So said Henry Ford, perhaps mythically, about his quintessential Model T auto.

If you’re an Amish woman, have any color you like, as long as it’s solid.

Non-patterned dress is one thing that sets Amish women apart from other Plain peoples, such as Old Order Mennonites, Old Colony Mennonites, and Hutterites.

Most Amish women make their own dresses, buying fabric from local dry goods shops.

This is what typical Old Colony Mennonite clothing looks like:

photo: Jordi Busque

Old Order Mennonites often use plaid patterns.

And polka-dots have a prominent place in the headscarves of Hutterite dress:


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