The fabric and color of the kippa is usually a sign of adherence to a specific religious movement. Knit kippahs, known as ‘kippot serugot (crocheted)’, are usually worn by Religious Zionists (usually in Israel), while Modern Orthodox in American tend to wear suede or leather kippas.
Members of most Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) groups tend to wear black velvet yarmulkes or cloth yarmulkes. In general, the larger the kippa, the more ‘religious’ the wearer tends to be, though that is not as simple as it sounds. On the other hand, the smaller the kippah, the more modern and ‘liberal’ the kippa-wearer tends to be.
During the Middle Ages, the kippas Jews would wear was the ‘Jewish Hat’, which was a hat with a brim and a central point. Used originally by Jews to make themselves stand out, it was later made a requirement in some places by Christian authorities as a way of discriminating against Jews. In the United States of the 1800s, rabbis often wore a scholar's cap (similar to a beret, like a large saucer-shaped caps of cloth). Other Jews of this era wore black pillbox-shaped yamakas.
More recently, kippot have cartoon characters, sports teams or logos on one quarter of the kippah. Pic-A-Kippa is the first kippa company in the world to create full-image kippas, where the image is printed over the entire kippah, so they are truly personalized kippahs.
Millenials are obsessed with pictures. Taking them, posting them, 'liking' them, 'sharing' them and 'filtering' them. With the rise of social media as unarguably one of the most dominant forces of culture today, pictures have taken on new prominence in society. Sure you can post a written status to Facebook or Twitter, but the old adage of 'a picture tells a thousand words' has never been more true. The extreme popularity of Instagram best personifies this.
So what does this all have to do with kippahs? More than you might think. With pictures becoming more and more important, so does the demand of customized products. People today want to be able to put personalized images onto anything, from laptop covers to sweatshirts. There are many such sites that enable consumers to do just that. Anyone can go onto these sites, upload a picture and customize essentially anything.
One of the few areas that hasn't yet adapted to this new reality is the Judaica market, and specifically the kippa market. While custom kippahs with designs on them have always been around, there always were limitations. Because kippahs are made in quarters, uncreative kippa manufacturers stuck to putting an image onto one quarter of the kippah, necessitating a small and frankly boring image. Alternatively, an image would be designed across the top of the kippa, but it would be a design that didn't need to flow perfectly. Meaning the quarters didn't need to be exactly positioned, since it wasn't one, real picture.
Then Pic-A-Kippa came along and revolutionized the entire custom Kippah market. For the first time, pictures could be printed across all four quarters of the kippa. Stunning, clear photos could be displayed in a full size way, creating a truly personalized kippah. Design your custom kippa today at www.PicAKippa.com
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