Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Religious Headcoverings in Photos

I have linked to Dieter's site before, but just received this note recently telling me of an English language blog that he has started up. The photo collection of the various head coverings and information is almost overwhelming. For those interested in all things head covering, you may want to take a look.


Dear Lisa,

only let you know, that since 10 days I started a small blog in English:

All my best wishes,

From the website blog:
Dieter Philippi is an inter-nationally recognized and renowned expert on religious, clerical and ecclesiastical headgear.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Young Jewish Headcovering Blogger

A young Jewish lady writes about her coming to understand further the concepts of head covering and tzniut: - "headcoverings-and-tzniut-challenge"

Her honesty and thoughts are much appreciated.

[Edit: Rachel calls herself a "Torah observant teen" in her information space, and I understood that to mean Jewish, but it has been pointed out to me that she is a Messianic Jew.]

Monday, November 29, 2010

Study Series

Just came across this link, some may be interested.

Becky's Kaleidoscope: Head coverings in the Monotheistic Religions ...
By Becky
The first post is going to be on the tradition of head covering in Judaism, second post will be covering Christianity and the last will be within Islam. I'm hoping to get the first post up tonight, and the next two within the next week ...
Becky's Kaleidoscope -

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Looking for Headcoverings?

These two blogs just in:

A Godly Homemaker: Headcoverings
By Tami
"do you wear a headcovering? what style do you like best? when do you wear one?" -- includes links to videos on how to wear a couple of styles.
A Godly Homemaker -

nun101: Great Sites for Headcoverings!
By the roman catholic
"Great Sites for Headcoverings! I sometimes like to wear a Jewish tichel even though I am Catholic, but I love wear my mantillas during Mass. Hear are some amazing links."
nun101 -

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Another Great Etsy Site, And Blog!

Thank you for your wonderful and informative site. It's a much needed site.
Would it be possible to let your readers know about our Etsy boutique and blog.
We are currently offering $5.00 off $50.00 off your purchase at our Etsy boutique. You simply need to enter " SOH5off50" along with your order and we will reimburse you $5.00.
We also have increased our inventory. We now have a very large selection of beautiful Israeli tichels, extra-wide headbands, Amish Kapps, Mob Caps and much more. You can visit our Etsy boutique
When you visit our blog you will notice that we have an headcovering interview series called S.E.E.D. It's a wonderful place where women share their personal testimony hoping to encourage and offer advice to the readers. We are always looking for more interviewees! Please visit our blog at to read these touching testimonies or to volunteer to be interviewed for out S.E.E.D series.
Sowers of Hope ... a headcovering boutique
Thank you!
In Messiah,
Sowers of Hope

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010


If you like bandana style head coverings, you'll want to check out this neat shop:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Catholic Women and the Veil

I was sent a link by the author to this concise explanation of why Catholic women will and should wear a veil. Please read:

"Wearing a Veil For Our Eucharistic Lord" - by PhatCatholic at Blogspot

Thank you for the notice. :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

No Burka Ban in NSW, in time for Eid

NSW Opposition won't support burqa ban :

The NSW opposition says it will not support a bill seeking to ban the wearing of burqas and other face veils in public, delivering a final blow to the hopes of its author, the conservative MP Fred Nile.

The Christian Democratic Party MP introduced the bill in the Legislative Council in June, even though the same bill had been voted down by the council in May.

Two weeks ago NSW Premier Kristina Keneally announced that Labor MPs would not support the proposed legislation, giving it no chance of success.

"Such a ban has no place in multicultural NSW," she said.
Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell said on Friday the coalition had also decided not to back the burqa ban, saying "there shouldn't be discrimination". . . .

Story continues at linked title above, and I'm sure there is more information on this bill within the Australian media.


Recently found website catering to the modest dressing follower of Islam:

"Bringing together the finest in Islamic clothing, East Essence is proud to serve a diverse array of customers
looking for quality and style at ultimate prices. We feature a broad variety of Indian and Islamic women’s clothing that range from conventional to cutting edge silhouettes with the finest craftsmanship."

The "Hamra Hijab" (pictured above) is on sale right now for $7.99. "Reshma Hijab" (shown below) is pictured at $6.99. These pictures are directly linked from the website.

Regular shipping to UK, US and Canada, and other international rates available as well. Looks like a broad selection of Islamic and Indian styles for men, women and children, including a lot of pretty head coverings.

I came across the EastEssence link in a short article "Muslim Hijabs: More Than Meets The Eye", some of which I include below:

"Muslim hijabs are in the news, for all the wrong reasons. Traditionally, a ‘hijab' is a term that denotes the modest dress sense as laid down by Islamic law. Some times referred to as a ‘shaylah' or ‘tarhah,' a hijab is simply a square or rectangular piece of cloth used to cover the head. The word itself comes from the Arabic word hajaba, which means "to hide from the view or to conceal." Therefore, the word hijab actually denotes a ‘physical veil' covering the head and face." . . .

"According to Islamic law, modesty in clothing is a sign of respect to God and has nothing to do with male dominance over women, submissiveness or even human rights, as some of the debate over Islamic head covering rules wrongly depicts. The fact of the matter is that Muslim communities in western countries are growing in size and presence." . . .

"Modesty does not immediately equate Muslim hijabswith blandness. While conservative colours, such as green, grey, blue, and black and white, are chosen by many, there are no rules regarding style, colour or fabric. Hijabs come in a myriad colours, besides sporting embellishments such as embroidery, prints, patterns and weaves. Fabrics range from cotton to silk and wool, thus ensuring that a hijab can be worn for comfort during times of inclement weather as well." . . .

Monday, August 23, 2010

Headcoverings in Old Germany

Women's crowning glory - hide it or decorate it?

"When was the last time you wore a hat - one that was part of your indoor dress - to a social function, to church or to any event? We women who live in the northern climates wear hats or tams or caps or perhaps earmuffs to keep our heads and ears warm on the cold days of winter, and we may wear a straw hat at the beach in summer or when we are working outside on a hot and sunny day. Such was not the case for our ancestors in the 19th century Rhineland. A head covering and/or ornaments for a woman's hair was a part of daily living. While weather related conditions might have caused a need for the cap or bonnet, it also identified a woman's place--married or single, upper or lower class, and even what area she came from." ...

A well written historical article from a librarian writing about her ancestry. Includes illustrations!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Writing about those Head Coverings

The purpose of my blog in its beginning was to share the myriad writings online about head coverings of all sorts. And there are myriad writings online. When one reads an article from a un- or ill-informed source, the underlying theme seems to be: "What's the big deal? Why do women and men choose to wear this thing on their head? Why the controversy? It's such a little thing!" Yes, it's little, but it's also a big thing. Every modern and historical culture, every religion, every fashion outlet and every health service is directly or indirectly affected by "those head coverings". How can I say that?

I have Google searching for me daily and mailing me updates of articles, blogs and other sites where the words "headcovering" or "head coverings" are used. Once a week, I get a list which has searched out the terms "veil", "veiling", and "head scarf" as well. There is always email for me, even when I don't take the time to post here. From small articles in nature walks or about dressing well in the changing season (which usually recommend head coverings strongly or even require them) to forum chats in one of any kind of setting, not necessarily religiously based, discussing the why, when, how and where to buy of head coverings. Several outlets are available for head covers focused specifically toward those who have lost their hair and have this innate desire to cover their head, whether for propriety, comfort or to ward off the weather. More and more over the past couple of years since I've started this blog, I am finding other bloggers writing about their own experience in "taking the veil" - whether as a convert in some way, or just coming to a new understanding.

With all of the information that I've seen "out there", I am still amazed at the numerous articles written that still ask, "what's the big deal?" Which is why it is important to be informed ourselves, and to be ready to give an answer to all who might ask us to explain the reason for these headcoverings. The reasons may be myriad, for sure, but we each need to understand this "little thing" that is a "big thing" after all.

Sampling of Links for the Week:

Head Covering of the Week.. A New Favorite Blog... And A Moving Update!
from "A Woman's Place" blog: with a lovely lace veil photo, and a link to an article on headcovering and dress in worship

Headcovering of the week...
from "Life of a Catholic Librarian" blog: with a sweet Garlands of Grace headcovering photo, and links to more

Where's the Hair?
from "Just call me Chaviva" blog: a newly married Orthodox Jewish lady writes about taking on hair covering and reactions to it, with a cute personal picture, in hat

Staff, students show support for principal diagnosed with cancer
article in (Florida, USA): Teachers and staff show solidarity with their beloved principle who has lost her hair to cancer and now wears a headcovering, by wearing scarves and coverings themselves. One wonders if this kind of support would be shown if all headcoverings were suspect and banned in public places. I love this story.

New section of Canary Creek trail to open
article in (Dealware, USA): trail worker volunteers are recruited. "Those planning to attend this event should wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts or jackets, head coverings and sturdy walking shoes." Type of headcovering not specified. I guess we are clever enough to figure out what it means.

Sometimes I get a little snippy.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Choosing to Cover

Please read the story linked at this post, about a mother's reactions to her young daughter's choice to wear a headcovering, - "cover girl."

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Victoria Day!

Victoria Day is celebrated in each year in Canada as a memorial to honour Queen Victoria, who reigned during the time of Canadian Confederation in 1867. The day is also the Canadian day to officially celebrate the birthday of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The third or fourth Monday of May was neither lady's official day of birth, but it is a wonderful time of the year for a long weekend and fireworks.

As headcovering ladies, these two world leaders are exceptional. Victoria, though not always painted with a veil as a young woman, has come to be remembered as a grand lady with a long, lacy veil, as seen on coins, postage stamps, statues, and other portraits. It is also very hard to picture the modern Queen Elizabeth II without her trademark hats (or for casual wear, a scarf tied and knotted under her chin).

Enjoy your day!

"Mantilla with me"

Found: a website and blog called "Will you Mantilla with me?" to support the wearing of head coverings among Roman Catholic women. Included at the website are wonderful articles describing "Why", "How", "Where", reference in the Bible and in Canon Law, those wonderful LINKS, and the beginnings of a listing called the "Honor Roll" for groups and individuals who wear a veil. I know that many of my readers have ties to Roman Catholicism, and I hope that you will encourage and be encouraged through this website and blog (

Mantilla With Me

From the website's welcome page:

"For nearly 2000 years, Catholic women covered their heads in church as a sign of devotion and respect.

In the West, this practice was largely abandoned for the last 40 years. But it is making a come-back in the form of the mantilla.

Among whom? Young Catholic women! Young Catholic women who believe in the Real Presence. Young Catholic women who love Christ and His Church.

And so I ask you: Will you mantilla with me?"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Poll and Update

Dear Lovely Readers and Researchers,

I am honoured that you've chosen to "follow" my blog, or that you have taken the time to stop by and read about this small but special topic in the world.  I - the blogger - have taken quite a leave of absence lately, and have not been here to update either the blog or the web pages which I had put together to accompany my research.  I plan to take some time in the coming months to review, research and update the "Those Headcoverings" pages and blog, and I have a special request of You, Gentle Readers:

Please take a moment to let me know, either here or at using the poll above, why head covering is important to you at this time.  Maybe it is a new phenomenon to you, or perhaps you are looking for encouragement or ideas to continue with an old habit.  (er, no pun intended there...)

Being human, I cannot answer every question; but I do hope to be able to share links to blogs or websites or articles that may be of some interest and help to others.  I probably won't be publishing and updating daily, but if you will please be patient, I hope to make this blog much more helpful and encouraging to all, as I had originally intended.

Me?  I am a head covering (for 3 years now) Christian (for about 24 years), trying to follow the Bible as the Word of God.  I have friends who are Muslim and Roman Catholic, have had several Sikh neighbors, and I have had internet-friends of Jewish and Orthodox Christian faiths.  I have known ladies and men who covered their heads when cancer treatments took their hair, and I know many in food services and nursing who wear hair coverings to keep their hair to themselves.  I enjoy the many styles of head coverings, from hats to berets to scarves to veils, and really enjoy reading blogs and articles about old fashioned hats and other coverings from the past.  I have a friend from Nigeria who was going to teach me how to wrap a gele, but I just couldn't get it - it takes quite a talent to wear those African crowns.  :)

But most of my friends go bare-headed, letting their hair down, or cutting it short;  just so you know.  It's the same all over - but though we are in the minority, and "stand out in a crowd" because of our choice, we are not alone.

Once again - please let me know what you'd like to see in this blog or in a web page.  (I may completely redo the web pages.)  Add notes or links in your comment here to clarify your choice in the poll above.  But most of all, please.... be encouraged!

Misc. Why and How To Cover, and Where to Buy

These articles just came in...

Why Do You Cover? | Hair Accessories Store
What are you doing here? By which I mean, what brings you to a website and a blog about haircovering? Last year, polled Facebook. . .

Pre Tied Bandanas, Pre Tied Womens Headcoverings
A huge selection of Pre-Tied Bandana Womens Headcoverings in all fabrics including, cotton, lycra, velour, and terry, and all styles from the most popular ...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Permission To Post Sales at Your Website

After nearly 2 years of having those Google linked ads linked to my blog, and having forgotten all about it, I received my first Google Ads check. Wow! So, if you click on those links on the sidebar in blue, you do help people to make a living! But if you click on the links in my articles, you're just visiting a "free" ad from me, usually something I run across in another blog or during a search.

And sometimes, I will post about a sale at a head covering sales site, if I know about it. Free ad for someone, good deal for someone else, and doesn't take me 5 minutes. I just received this email, and want to pass along the information.



We are currently having a Mother's Day sale at Sowers of Hope - A Headcovering Boutique at . All Israeli tichels and Amish style Kapps are currently 10% off. This sale will run until May 9, 2010 .

Thank you and may you be blessed!

For His praise and His glory,
Sowers of Hope

Monday, March 22, 2010

Videos on Christian Headcoverings

YouTube (online video hosting site) user "Radical For Jesus" has several videos posted about Christian headcoverings, women in church, and even recent series' on how to make a couple of styles of traditional headcoverings.

As always with YouTube, be wary of links to other videos that you may find hosted.

The owner of these videos also runs the Covered 4 Him website, where she states:

Here I am offering headcoverings (aka veilings, prayer coverings, kapps, etc) in keeping with I Corinthians 11:1-16. I offer some unique styles, as well as traditional ones. I also am about to add other offerings such as modest clothing, specializing in plus sizes. I am a plus sized lady myself, and I know how difficult it can be to find modest dresses and under things in larger sizes.

A few of her videos can also be viewed from this website.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Christian Headcovering Links

The Journey of the Veil, a blogspot, is the united effort of three ladies who cover to share information and encouragement to Christian ladies who are interested in or who have already chosen to cover their heads, according to 1 Corinthians 11. Links to informative websites and sales sites are listed on the blog. Keep up the good work, ladies!


Testimony of Grace, an older blog full of information and encouragement from a lady who gathered testimonies from many of us to include in a book, which she has linked on her page. She also has links to many other ladies who cover, and that is comforting, knowing that we are still surrounded by a great crowd of witnesses to the store of blessing and responsibility connected with this small bit of cloth we wear on our heads. I'm so encouraged to read her personal story, and that she is still covering today after choosing to do so back in 2008. Keep up the good work and example, "Muhala"! :)


Steve and Paula just shared this link with me: a short discussion of the phrase "Because of the angels." There is also a brief explanation of the headcovering in their side bar.


Just came across this study in a series at "Faithguard": "Christ As God's Wisdom: Women's Role In Worship, And How To Partake Of The Lord's Supper: 1 Corinthians 11". The study includes God's creation order, ("Although a woman is under authority in her role in life, she is equal to man in her position in Christ (11-12; Galatians 3:28). This type of relationship is illustrated in the person of Christ. Although He is equal to God in position (Philippians 2:6ff.), He always submits to the will of the Father in His role and practice (cf. Hebrews 10:7-9)"), and a short discussion on the differences of opinion regarding when she is to cover, whether hair is that covering, and whether or not this as a cultural tradition. The conclusion: "It seems clear from this passage, that women are equal to men in their position in christ, but should voluntarily show submission in their role and function, just as Christ is equal but submissive to God the Father."


There are three forum discussions open at this time.

"Topic: head coverings?" at The Coming Home Network, under the subtopic of Catholic Christianity

"Head Covering and Speaking in Church", at The Dancing Lawns, forum for Narnia Fans

"Care to shed light on the head-covering principle, anyone?
, at - this one only has a couple of short answers so far


An audio recording of a sermon, "Headcovering in worship, Pt 1", is available from Parts 1 and 2 can be reached from this page, and are apparently from a series on 1 Corinthians that was taught in 2008.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Looking for Headcoverings?

A couple of new links came up this week, though there are so many places to find head coverings of various styles on line these days. Keep searching and finding!

(various styles)
"GRAND OPENING SPECIAL!...10% off your order!

Just type in coupon code 10off in your shopping cart.

(after adding an item, you must click on "My Cart" to enter a coupon code)

Plus - Pre-Passover Special. 48 hours only! One Dollar Shipping in the US! No coupon code necessary!"

Head Covering Veils
(smaller lace styles)
"I have veils in Black or White and a variety of fabric and trim to choose from. The white solid fabric and the black sheer I am able to hem the edge if that is preferred. There are three shapes of veils. The A's are an oval, The B's are tear drop shaped and the C's are just a little tear drop shaped, but more narrow and long."

Headcoverings in the News this week

Headcoverings that make the news are almost always the head coverings of Muslim women, and usually the news is that a Muslim woman someplace has been told that she cannot wear her covering, that the head coverings are going to be banned in some place, or the news is the opinion of some that a Muslim woman's head covering is a sign of oppression from the men. In almost every case, as well, comes the clarification from others that while head covering is not specifically commanded in the Quran, nor the style or color, modesty by men and women is; so to ban head covering is to order a woman to dress immodestly according to her spiritual beliefs. It takes away her cultural heritage. It tells her that her personal convictions and feelings are worthless because she does not conform to a world that, to her probably, appears godless and without conviction. There is so much that can be said, and has been said, about the ignorance and oppression of those who want to deny a woman the right to choose to cover and/or dress to her own level of comfort and modesty. Here is one article from this week:

"France’s ban on Muslim burqa is discriminatory and unwise"
in The Signal, by Miranda Sain

. . . The justifications of the ban range from preserving the French culture to women’s rights, and national security.

The proposed ban further accentuates the divide between the West and Islam in regards to women’s rights. Many Western societies view Islamic head coverings, like the burqa, as being oppressive to women. Many, like Sarkozy, see the burqa as a sign of subservience.

However, in many instances, it is a woman’s autonomous decision to wear a burqa on the grounds of modesty. The Quran does not mandate women to wear a burqa. The Quran only requests women to dress modestly in order to protect themselves from harassment. (This passage can be found in Sura Al Hijaab 33:59.) Just like with abortion in the United States, what a woman decides to do with her body, whether it deals with reproduction or her clothing choice, should be left to her own discretion. That decision should neither be made for her by a man nor a governmental body. . . .

I recently came across a new headcovering blog, which includes one author's take on this as well:

"Banning Head Coverings?"
in "Journey of the Veil" at blogspot

The writer includes a few links to news and discussion in her article, and concludes with her own thoughts:

The discussion veers from Muslim coverings to Jewish and Christian coverings as well, pointing out that were America to ban Muslim coverings, more likely than not we would all be affected.
This is not only an attack on so-called women's oppression, but on modesty itself. The author of the first article says that she takes it as an "affront" when she sees a woman who is covered and is wearing a headscarf. Seriously? Because sure, those women are being modest just to offend you. Specifically. *rolls eyes* Perhaps she needs to consider why it makes her uncomfortable. It seems that people have a need to do away with reminders that they are not living as they should.

Do we really want the government in our closets? Um, no. I hear they have a horrible sense of fashion.

Which reminds us that head coverings in the news, which on the surface equates to Muslims in the news, really affects every woman in the news, because Muslim head covering is for feminine modesty - whether the style is an identifier of Islam or South Asia and the Middle East or not. It is a two-edged attack: against this one religion, and against all spiritually minded people who desire to behave in a way that demands submission to a wiser and "Higher Power" (as AA puts it).

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Have you a story, or an article to share?

Please, Dear Readers, if you have a story of your own to share, or an article or other online information that you feel is worth sharing with others who are interested in Those Headcoverings, post it here! I have been away for a while, but I would like to keep this web log in action, because there are folks everyday looking for information, and for encouragement.

I thank you, those of my Dear Readers who have been here all the way from the beginnings of this blog - who have contributed thoughts, and links, and even books (!) on this subject. I thank those of you who are stopping by for perhaps the first time, for taking the time to find out more about this subject - which, as simple as it is, is very dear to some of us.

Blessings on your heads...


Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Head Coverings are not required"

"Head Coverings are not required for all Christian women - Shepherds' Fellowship Forums"

The author writes extensively that 1 Corinthians 11 should be taken culturally - for Corinth only.

The author then receives studious answers below the article.

Weighing different understandings - handling aright the Word of Truth.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

head covering doc Ebook Download

head covering doc Ebook Download

Actually, a page listing a whole lot of .doc's about headcoverings. The student may want to peruse...

"Pray without ceasing"

A Godly Homemaker: just a tidbit for now

Full Quote here - check the link for her links in the side bar!

1Th 5:17 pray without ceasing

Pray - strong's concordance number is g4336 proseuchomai

1Cr 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with [her] head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven

Pray - strong's concordance number is g4336 proseuchomai

AHA! a woman should wear a headcovering whenever she prays and she shouldn't cease praying so she should wear a headcovering at all times, not just in church service becuz that would have had a different noun . these are the same :)

note the articles on headovering on my sidebar :)