So, last week I took two Amish friends to visit a couple of
their elderly aunts, and while we were in Nappanee, we stopped at Burkholder
I’m rarely in the
Nappanee area, and I had half an hour to kill while they shopped, so I decided
to take some pictures.
A store like this
is a very good picture of Amish daily life.
The men’s jacket section had any color you’d like, as long
as it’s black! But don’t think the men
dress only in black… They make up for it
with their shirts.
Need some suspenders, or a straw hat for everyday wear? They’ve got them here.
Limited styles, but plenty of inventory!
The women usually make their own clothes, so there were
several aisles of the polyester fabric they favor.
A variety of colors, but rarely red, and
never prints of any kind.
On the other
hand, the ladies’ socks display was noticeable for its lack of color; generally
socks are dark and shoes are black.
This display shows the nets, pins, and clips necessary for
the basic Amish hairstyle (under the white “kapp” that is always worn outside
If the weather is cold, a
black bonnet like these is worn that fits right on top of the kapp.
Some women make their own kapps and others purchase
them, but the black bonnets are generally bought.
Crocs: the basic summer footwear of the Amish! Very practical on a farm to have washable shoes.
This book display shows the basics that every Amish home might
On the top shelf, copies of the “Ausbund,”
the Sunday morning hymnal, and a lesser-known hymnal that some Amish groups
Both are hundreds of years old, and
written in Old German.
On the middle
shelf, English/Old German parallel Bibles.
On the bottom shelf, Old German Bibles, among other useful things.
There was also lots of fiction (all “rated G”) and some
nonfiction topics as well. This shelf had
some books on home/folk/herbal remedies—all of which are very popular among the
Amish, who will often try home-doctoring before seeking professional help.
For the kids: Lots of stuff!
Aisles of board games and puzzles and farm toys, and this display of
dolls and doll clothes, made from the same fabric and in the same styles as
real Amish children’s clothes. Even
little white kapps to complete the look!
(The tradition of faceless Amish dolls made of fabric is no longer followed,
at least among the mainstream Amish around here.)
There was lots more, but this will do... I could wander for hours in these places!
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