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Clothing is a vivid symbol of the Amish culture. It's generally "plain" in appearance. There are no buttons or zippers, simple "hooks and eyes" fasten clothing. Bonnets and shawls are mainstays among the women, with wide-brim hats being preferred by men. As shown here, most outerwear is charcoal-colored black. Shirts and dresses are often bright, cheery solid-colors like green, blue, and rust. All the clothing is hand-made, with hours of hand-sewn labor going into each item. Elizabeth's initials are monogrammed on her shawl for identification.