White and Black Bonnets – What’s The Difference?

 

By Tobin Dimmitt

 

White and Black Bonnet – What’s The Difference?

If you’ve ever taken a stroll through Lancaster, Pennsylvania or any other part of “Amish Country,” you may have noticed the women wearing either a white or black bonnet covering their head. It’s a commonly-worn piece of clothing that practically every Amish woman wears on a daily basis. We know for a fact there are other colors out there, so why do they limit themselves to wearing only white or black? If you are wondering what the answer, keep reading and we’ll reveal the importance of white and black bonnets in the Amish community.

 

 

Before we start, it’s important to note that the Bible frequently refers to white and black on numerous occasions. Amish communities focus their life around religion and the Bible; thus, they place a great emphasis on black and white colors. It’s not uncommon to see an Amish family dressed solely in these two colors. While outsiders may not find it overly “stylish,” the Amish are more concerned with the functional aspect.

 

White Bonnets

In most cases, the only time you see an Amish woman wearing a white bonnet is after she is married. It’s essentially a symbol that she is a lifelong relation and “off the market” so to speak. If a man sees an Amish woman wearing a white bonnet, he will know that she’s already married.

 

As you may already know, Amish men grow their beards out as a sign they are married, which is essentially for the same reason that Amish women wear white bonnets. Before they are married, Amish men must cut and trim their beards regularly. Becoming married, however, is a sign of manhood, and growing out a beard helps to symbolize this. Some men will have beards extending far down over their chest.

 

Black Bonnet

Black bonnets are worn by Amish women who are not yet married. If a single Amish woman wants to attend church, go out in town or just converse with some neighbors, she will usually place a black bonnet over her head to signify her relationship status.

 

Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding on the importance of white and black when it comes to Amish bonnets. These are two colors that are commonly found in Amish clothing with roots going back to biblical times. Today, you’ll see Amish women wearing both white and black bonnets to symbolize their relationship. In short, white bonnets mean a woman is married and black means she is single.


2 Responses to “White and Black Bonnets – What’s The Difference?”

  1. Linda Mann says:

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