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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. 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.

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quaker head coverings caps bonnets plain women prayer covering kerchiefs
quaker head coverings caps bonnets plain women prayer covering kerchiefs
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Epistle 181
1659

"The Growth in Silence"

FRIENDS, Live in the unchangable Power of God, which will keep you in Righteousness and Truth, and Love and Unity, and Dominion over all the . . . rough Ways and Mountains within and without; that the Power of the Lord God may be Supreme amongst you, and that ye may in the Wisdom of the Lord be preserved. And none abuse it, but all patiently in the Power of the Lord wait, that in it ye may all be kept Low, in Love and Unity with God, and one with another. . . .

And all be diligent in your Places ...

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