A Sister’s wimple, or coronet, or headgear, is one of the items a Sister uses to identify her as to which collective, or Order, she belongs. And every Order’s wimple is unique and can draw its inspiration from a number of things. San Francisco’s wimple, for example, went with an historical reference and is inspired by the headgear worn by 14th-century ladies in waiting and is affectionately nicknamed “ear boobs.”
Some Orders drew their inspiration from famous local landmarks. Los Angeles was inspired by the Hollywood Bowl; The Grand Canyon Sisters were inspired by the, well, you know, the Grand Canyon.
Other Orders went for pop references. Orlando’s wimple looks very similar to the ears of a certain rodent which shall remain unnamed. Tampa, on the other hand, used its local football team, the Buccaneers, as inspiration for its pirate-themed wimple. And who could leave Milwaukee out of this category? They decided to make the affectionate term for Wisconsinites “cheeseheads” literal and designed a wimple that looks like a wedge of cheese placed on their heads.
Anyhoo, the wimple, I think you’ll agree, adds to the gorgeous mosaic that we call the Sisterhood. Simply move you mouse over each one to find out where in the world you will find that wimple (not all Orders represented).