It’s one of the most iconic and recognizable religious habits in the world. The image of a preaching Friar, in a simple brown robe with a humble cinture, is a powerful, evocative, and indelible image. But why exactly do Franciscans wear brown?

Franciscans friars, in the tradition of our founder Saint Francis of Assisi, embrace a life of simple and unattached poverty. The brown robes reflected the destitution of the peasants Franciscans served at the time of our founding. The robes of St. Francis’ followers were made of cloth and old clothing donated by those peasants, who always wore undyed brown, the least expensive material of the time. Additionally, a simple corded rope, known as cinture, with three knots is worn around the waist. The three knots represent Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, the three cornerstones of the Franciscan Order.

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