Amish Clothing and Buttons

Sorry the writing is all over the place. I don’t know why, prescription but I am going to just have to leave it this way until I figure out what’s going on.

Yesterday I received an email from someone that had a question about this little girl’s Amish cape that I have for sale in my store. She wondered about this cape and why it had buttons. She told me that she was told that the Amish do not use buttons. There is a wonderful book called Amish Arts of Lancaster County by Patricia T. Herr.

On page 97 there is a picture of a cape that looks exactly like the one I have in my store, and it has buttons.

On the opposite page there are photos of Amish dresses also with buttons. Something I didn’t mention in my description of the cape is that these were called mantles or Mandlie. This one and the one in my store, was worn for dress up and probably had a matching dress.

I wanted to mention all of this this morning because I know so many people collect Amish clothing. Maybe in Amish communities in other parts of the country, buttons were not used, but in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania they were.



18 Responses to “Amish Clothing and Buttons”

  1. Teresa Says:

    Hi Carole, From my research of the Amish they allowed the children to wear buttons until they reached the age of 18 and if and when they joined the church at that age they were no longer allowed to wear buttons because they were “proud”.

  2. carolemurals Says:

    Hi Teresa. it’s so nice hearing from you on my blog. I appreciate your sharing that information, I know how you appreciate the Amish.

  3. Debbie Says:

    Carol, Thank you for the info. I have read that different communities pratice differing standards. Such as different carriges, different hats, etc. So it makes since that the use of buttons change from place to place. Some day I would like to read more about these communities.
    Thanks you for writing such an interesting blog.

  4. halechapman Says:

    thanks for the info on the Amish I’m doing a report on them and I appreciate it

  5. carolemurals Says:

    hello hale. i am glad i was able to help. i have many photos, and if you would like
    me to send some to you for your report, i am happy to do that for you. please email me at

  6. Eddie Kessler Says:

    Hi, we recently purchased an early Amish Cape. We also have a late 1800′s Amish tintype photo. Could you appraise them? Thanks, Eddie in Kentucky.

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