Millions of kippot are sold around the world each year. People buy 4 million dollars worth of kippot each year in Israel alone! There are large kippot, small kippot, kippot for a child and kippot for women. But even more than the size of a kippah, there are a wide range of styles and materials used to make the world’s simplest head covering and it goes by many names.
First of all we don’t always buy kippot. Some look for yarmulkes, other people call them kippahs (orkippas). But regardless of the way people spell or pronounce it, there is a meaning in a color and a shape of every kippah. Needless to say that one can spend a lifetime unraveling the rules and the variations and customs that define which kippah a person prefers. Here is an abbreviated version of who buys what and why.
Large knitted kippot (kippahs) are the most likely to be your choice if you are a conservative Jew or any Israeli Jew.
If you are a Religious Zionist you are probably looking for knitted or crocheted kippot that are multicolored, soft, muted browns and blues.
If you belong to the Haredim community you are likely on the market for black satin or cloth kippot.
Many young Orthodox Jews in Israel continue to favor small black crocheted kippot.
The students and followers of Kabbalah wear large kippot that usually cover the whole head.
The very distinct style of a Bukharian kippah is of course the preference of expatriates of this unique Asian Jewish Community.
A satin or velvet black kippah is one of the most common kippot worn by Jewish men of the Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) community or by Orthodox Jews. This kippah is simple, but at the same very stylish and very practical, because a satin or velvet kippah always fits nicely on the head and usually is made in larger sizes.