This is a close up of the zip on my Winter jacket. We all know it, that mysterious part of the zip to your jacket when you combine the right and left half. It is then that you realise why the amish do not have zips, they do not believe in them for some strange reason and prefer to stick to their buttons and whatever.
In the name of progress, we have zips: a wonderful invention. Memories of struggling with your blue jeans, trying to bring them together. Basically it is your own fault for eating too much and denim shrinks in any case when you wash it. No problem, when it shrinks it outlines the body parts even more and if you want to look sexy, nothing could be better. It is when the zip jams and you pull out of frustration that a problem occurs. The bottom part of the zip that has already met the other half suddenly divides. Although the actual zip part is still there holding the two sides of the jeans together in one place, it no longer zips. You now have two separated parts of the jeans with a connection in the middle that is stuck. The choice is either throw away the jeans and buy a new pair, or buy a zip and spend a few hours removing the old zip and replacing it with the new zip. There is also a problem of taking the jeans off, and in frustration a pair of scissors probably help. If you compare time against money, then the new jeans are the better choice.
And now to the jacket, the protection against wind, and even rain and snow. They are so comfortable to wear, but there is a problem. You have to insert one side of the zip mechanism into the slot on the other side – what could be better. Time to go and Mr. Swiss is waiting and I am still zipping up my jacket. Of course I know how it works, but you have to find the slot and if you do not, you have a problem. Yes, it is working and so you pull up the zip to find it is only travelling on one side of the jacket and the other side is hanging wondering where the other side is. After an impatient 10 minutes for Mr. Swiss I eventually manage to find the missing link/slot and the zip is moving upwards combining the two halves of the jacket.
It seems that Jakob Ammann, the founder of the Amish community was originally Swiss from Erlenbach in Simmental and was originally an Anabaptist. A few of the Mr. Swiss ancestors were also anabaptists and they wandered off to the States it seems. They had no zips as they were not yet invented. However, Jakob Ammann had a good idea and refused to used machine made things, sticking to buttons and so the amish were a very satisfied people without zips. They never had blocked zips or broken finger nails. Yes the Swiss are full of good ideas.