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What is the meaning of the crocheted piece?

Submitted: 1/4/2006
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Question: My friend and I spent the last two days at an Apostolic Christian nursing home where we were asked to do some training. (The home was one of the best we've ever seen, by the way.) We were puzzled by the little crocheted piece worn on the head of almost every woman there--both staff and resident. What is that about?

Answer: The Apostolic Christians are a branch of the Mennonites. They are not apostolic in the sense that we use the word on this website. Mennonites believe in what they call 'the second covering.' This can be anything from a full-sized bonnet to a small crocheted piece of material such as what you saw. In general, Mennonite women are not to wear their hair down except for their husbands in the privacy of their homes.