Hat Lore

Not for Adornment: Hutterite Head Coverings

Hutterite mother and daugter
CMC 77-6817
After centuries of religious persecution in Europe, the Hutterites settled in the Canadian West in the early years of this century. They have retained much of the dress, customs and language of their ancestors. The clothing they wear is a confirmation of their shared religious beliefs and communal lifestyle.

At all times, Hutterite women wear a scarf over a prescribed hairstyle to preserve their modesty. The simple embroidery on the regulation polka-dotted fabric is intended for identification, not decoration.

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