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image of Shaker Man's Costume Shaker Man's Costume
Rendered by American 20th Century (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper
overall: 41.3 x 26.5 cm (16 1/4 x 10 7/16 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.17078
Not on View
From the Tour: Shaker Crafts from the Index of American Design
Object 5 of 17

Though Shaker dress conformed somewhat to prevailing styles, it emphasized simplicity. A favorite color used on wood and fabric alike was a warm brown made from butternut bark. Though subdued colors reflect the humble, self-effacing Shaker spirit, bright colors were not eliminated entirely. The man's costume incorporates a blue vest with a brown coat and trousers. In length and cut, the coat retains a lingering suggestion of eighteenth-century style. In keeping with their religious beliefs, Shakers rejected individualism in costume.

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