Any color you like…

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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    1. I haven’t been getting your feeds on my Google Reader!…
      Until tonight when I got several at once. Interesting about the clothing. The OOM here in Waterloo (women) wear a purple coloured dress. I will have to check if it has a print, if it does it is very small.

    2. yeah that would be interesting to see.

      The ooms around Wakarusa/Nappanee Indiana wear dresses with prints, at least the younger girls. They also wear braided pigtails, another thing the Amish would not do.

      glad feeds are coming again!

    3. Sean LaFianza

      the home stores i’ve been to (in St. Mary’s county, MD) that sell simple dresses and cape dresses all are patterned fabrics yet they wear plain colors themselves. it’s a funny subtle distinction of separation. My wife thought about asking if she could have a plain colored dress made but shied away as she didn’t want to be rude.