A kippah, also known as a yarmulke, is a Jewish head-covering, traditionally worn by men. It can be found regularly atop the heads of orthodox Jews, at special Jewish occasions and at synagogue by reform or conservative communities.
This symbolic Jewish adornment can be made in fabric, velvet, embroidery, crochet and other materials. These different types and styles of kippot can signify which branch or community of Judaism you identify with. In addition to a simple fashion statement, it often can tell onlookers something about your personal Jewish identity. Although in recent years these kippah and community identification lines have become increasingly blurred.
What a Kippah Material Tells About Its Wearer
Kippot come in several basic styles, with some more favored by particular Jewish subgroups than others. The different styles, colors and type of kippah, or lack thereof, can say a lot about who you are and where you come from.
Fabric, velvet, embroidery or crochet, this symbolic Jewish adornment is a long running custom that is close to the hearts of many. This has resulted in a magnificent array of different creative and stylish options for kippot around the world and in different Jewish communities.
Knitted or Crocheted Kippah
Generally representing the Israeli modern-orthodox community, the knitted or crocheted kippah is available in various sizes, colors and patterns. A black knit kippot can signify being somewhat Zionisitc but also part of the academic “Yeshiva” background, whereas the colorful patterns can be a symbol of pure identification with Zionist Modern Orthodox movement. Smaller knit kippahs can also symbolize the dati leumi ideology further symbolizing proud Zionism and Orthodox Judaism.
Common among the modern orthodox, conservative and reform communities, a suede kippah is one of the classics. A suede kippah can be used by any since its traditional style doesn’t carry as much significance. Suede kippahs became popular in the mid 1900s because suede leather was easy to access and quite inexpensive.
Traditionally found in conservative or reform synagogues, temples and homes, satin kippahs are a common bar at bat mitzvah party favors. These often include the names and dates of the event underneath to signify the celebration for years to come.
Ideal for sports and casual hot weather, mesh kippot are a common choice among, modern orthodox, conservative and even some haredi communities. They are the most popular choice for schools in the US and Canada.
Favored by yeshivish, hasific and haredi communities, velvet or terylene kippot are both traditional in style and commonly black in color.
A smart choice for a lightweight fabric traditional style, linen kippot works well in hot weather and is easily washed. Linen kippahs are the most popular kippah for weddings because of their elegance and simplicity.
Cotton kippot have become popular due to the material being versatile, relatively inexpensive and, when it’s good quality, durable. It is an excellent choice for a lightweight, comfortable yarmulke, suited for a variety of important events.
A great example of the versatility of the kippah, a recent trend has seen them made out of denim. It is not only unique and distinctive, but can also be made from recycled and sustainable materials.
Which Kippah Material is Right For Me?
There are no limits on the types of materials that can be used to make a kippah that suits your style, theme or needs. To many, it is a symbol of self expression either on how they view themselves within the larger Jewish community. To others it is simply an expression of style and is used to match the rest of one’s wardrobe.
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