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Clothing of anabaptists and their descendants

The anabaptists wore a kind of urban clothing, different from the wider layers of the village population. Their clothing was very simple, the clothing fulfilled a purely practical function. Clothing was assigned to use, but not as personal property. Varied colors of clothing were not allowed, the colors dominated black, brown and gray.

The oldest depiction of the family of anabaptists is woodcarve of Ch. Erhard from 1588. It captures a man, a woman and a child, in the background with a dwelling with a typical high straw roof. The man wears a vest coat with wide long, finely gathered sleeves, folded from the waist down into longitudinal folds. The cut is narrow in the waist, extending downwards, the length is above the knees. Short pants above the knee covers the coat. The stockings at the bottom of the legs are tied to a bow under the knees, with light leather boots on the legs. The woman has a short jacket cut to the waist with wide, sleeves gathered in her arms. On a long pleated, densely gathered skirt at the waist, there is an unadorned long light apron with ties, and she has leather boots on her legs. The child has clothes similar to a man. All three of them have a high felt black hat with a wide canopy on their heads.

After the assimilation with the local population, the different look of the dress disappeared. In the 19th century, women wore perforated shoes with laces, stockings, skirts with sewn tops, winter jackets and scarves. The boys wore cloth pants and coats, straw hats in summer weather. Since the first half of the 20th century, the appearance of male and female clothing has adapted to the clothing of a wider population.