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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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    Wilma Walker


    Thank you Kevin. I enjoy reading about the plain people and thru you we can learn a little about their culture. Really enjoy Lovina’s column and the new one Plain Kansas. I had a recipe from the original column that Elizabeth wrote and I lost it. It was pop overs. Which was just flour and a couple simple ingredients. If Lovina has the recipe I would apreciate it if she would share it,they were tastey. Thanks a lot for all you do.

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    Wendy P


    Interesting about the colors. I like wearing solid colors myself.

    I’ve often wondered how much of Amish clothing is homemade and what they will purchase in a store, or even from another member of the church.

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      Kevin


      Wendy, most clothing is hand-made. Underwear, socks, and stockings are generally purchased in stores, the rest is made. Although you will find other church members giving “hand me” downs to younger families who may need them, Amish will buy some clothing from garage sales on occasion, usually from other Amish…but there are some solid-colored (I’m thinking blue is common) polo/golf type shirts that would be appropriate for boys that could be found at a non-Amish garage sale…but the vast majority of an Amish wardrobe is made not bought…

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    Christine


    In the Lancaster PA Amish communities I always notice lots of dark purple, deep blues and grays. The men wear straw hats in warm weather, and women wear white prayer caps and sometimes black bonnets. A small Amish owned dry goods store in that area sells the fabric by the yard and I have seen a limited selection of pre-made clothing that can be purchased. A small sign near the hangers gives the address of a local Amish woman who does make and sell clothing. Maybe its another way of them running a small home business while providing a service to other Amish who may need sewing done from time to time.

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    Theresa


    What I’d like to know, is where do the Amish buy the material? Do they go to Jo Ann fabric or some other fabric store?

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    Missy


    As always Kevin, there are variations among the Amish. The Marion Michigan community has a written Ordnung which I was given a copy of. Frequently larger communities have someone who runs a fabric store. Also in some communites, such as Berne Indiana there is a used Amish clothing store. Berne used to have two the last time I was over there.

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    Carolyn


    Thanks Keven.
    As usual you made my day. I so look foward to hearing from you. I really feel bad that I am not able to contribute at this time as I am on social security which does not go very far at all. Just as soon as I am able I will certainly send something. It wont be a lot , but hopefully it will help a little. God Bless you and Rachael. You are always in my prayers.

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    Ella


    Kevin,

    Thank you for the great information! One of the things that I like about your site is that you really do educate on the Amish and their traditions.

    I am actually starting to plan a trip for my daughter and I to take to Amish country. Just have not figured out where to go yet. Am thinking maybe Ohio (I want to visit the Lehman’s store) or Pennsylvania as I could easily visit family in New York for that trip.

    Thank you again for all the information!

    To the person asking about where to buy some Amish clothing – I found a link on another website for Katie’s Mercantile. She is out of Mount Morris New York and she sells clothing to not just Amish but also to the general public. Her prices are extremely reasonable and all the clothing is handmade. I have not ordered from her yet but I am planning to with my next pay check at the end of the month. I am not sure if Kevin will let me post a link – Kevin if it is okay I can come back and post the link.

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