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Why Do They Dress That Way?

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This unique book, by a man who has chosen to "dress plain," describes the history and use of hats, bonnets, dresses, overcoats, and other articles of clothing used by the various religious groups who wear plain garb. This is the first comprehensive book about why more than 150,000 persons in North America wear plain clothes for religious reasons. Who are the various people ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Good Books (first published October 1986)
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Sheri
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, 2017
This comprehensive book covers the religious reasoning for dressing plain, as well as providing the details of dress for men, women, and children. Charts and drawings also identify the differences in dress amongst the various plain groups. Recommended to those with an interest in learning more about the Amish and other plain groups.
James Hutton
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Over the last year I have read a number of books about the Amish and Mennonites. Thus far, I have found Why Do They Dress That Way? by Stephen Scott to be the most impressive. It is 160 pages in length, and is made up of 13 chapters and additional information. Surprisingly, it isnt just a book about the attire of a couple religious groups who are often referred to as plain people. It is also a history of changing attitudes about clothing.

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Apryl Anderson
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Rediscovering this took me right back to my Social Psychology of Clothing class... just before I rebounded to my childhood in York Co, PA. The distance of time and place have shown me so much more than is written in this booklet, although it's very well researched and informative. In other words, why was I keeping this?
Sandra
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love Amish books...and books about Amish. This book explains a lot of the ways of the Amish and shares some black & white photos of various people. Loved it.
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