The Carmelite habit at the end of the 19th century.
Inherited from the clothing worn by Teresa d’Avila herself,
the habit is a complex assemblage of various pieces under the robe and
the scapular. Let’s remember the discomfort of feminine clothing of the
well to do class from the same time period as we can see in the family albums. The
working class dressed more traditionally with fabric that lasted. This
was the case of the heavy woolen fabric in Carmel, in a habit without
buttons held together entirely with pins for attachment.