Topping Things Off: Kippot/ Head Coverings
Guests at Jewish celebrations sometimes bring their own kippot to wear or borrow those provided by the synagogue or temple where the event is held. And some Jewish families choose to offer color-coordinated or personalized kippot for their guests, or for the bar/bat mitzvah and couple, or for the wedding party and bar/bat mitzvah family. Consider purchasing kippot that reflect Jewish values:
Choose union-made kippot
Support manufacturers where workers have a voice on the job, pay and benefits are equitable, and respect and dignity is mandated. Born of a collaboration between the Jewish founders of Justice Clothing and Unionwear, the Union Made Kippot online store offers six-panel kippot in a variety of materials including organic cotton, with optional personalized embroidery. Or, dream up your own design for a bulk purchase with a variety of colors, linings, and fabrics: www.unionmadekippot.com, 888.661.0620.
Choose Fair Trade Kippot
- MayaWorks is a cooperative of Guatemalan women artisans who use proceeds from their handmade crafts to improve their lives and their community. Purchase beautiful multi-colored kippot from MayaWorks, or plan a custom order, at www.mayaworks.org, 312.243.8050.
- Fair Trade kippot from the Ikamva Labantu cooperative in South Africa or from the Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE) cooperative on the Thai-Burma border can be special-ordered through Global Goods Partners: www.globalgoodspartners.org, 949.715.0074.(Neither cooperative’s kippot are included on Global Goods’ website —contact them directly for photographs.)
- Woven Ethiopian Arts Vision (WEAV) Africa provides Ethiopian artisans with a living wage for handwoven kippot and donates the proceeds to anti-poverty organizations in African communities: www.weavafrica.org, 949.715.0205.
Choose kippot made by international Jewish communities
- For kippot made by the Abayudaya community in Uganda, and the Bnai Menashe community which has emigrated from India to Israel, visit the Kulanu Boutique at www.kulanuboutique.com, 212.877.8082.
- For kippot made by Manos Bendichas, a Bulgarian Jewish women’s cooperative: Manos_Bendichas@shalom.bg, 359.2.986.78.96.
- For kippot made by Ethiopian Jews living in Israel: www.esra.org., firstname.lastname@example.org.