Back in the day, the thingy a Jewish boy customarily wore on his head was a yarmulke. It was black satin. It didn't fit well. It looked like it didn't fit well.
At religious events the hosts provided yarmulkas for their guests. Even observant Jews who had worn their own yarmulke to the event took one and wore it for the event or put it in his pocket for some future use. Many homes keep a box of yarmulkas for guests.
For special events, the event would be stamped on the inside of the yarmulke. So, after a while, or if you had a lot of cousins, you would have a family history in poorly stamped letters on black satin. Unless of course, the event was a wedding, then you might have a white satin yarmulke. When did Uncle Murray marry Aunt Debbie? Look in the box of yarmulkes. Or, "Who did you get?"
"Bruce Schwartz Bar Mitzvah, May 5, 1987. You?"
"Rinsckoff Funeral Homes."
In the 1980's kipah replaced yarmulke. Yarmule is Yiddish and kipah is Hebrew. Colored satin also became popular. So, if you attended a Bat Mitzvah, you may have a teal, pink, or purple satin kipah at the end of the day.
The 21st century. Suede has replaced satin. If you picked up a black satin kipah lately, chances are it has the name of a funeral home in it. Colors abound. Suede has a distinct advantage over satin. It doesn't slide around as much. A suede kipah also curves to the head better than satin. It is a little classier too.
In the last four weeks we have been at services for a Bar and Bat Mitzvah. I now have two new kippot, pink suede and hand crocheted black with rainbow stripes. I have seen customized suede kippot before. Although, not in this striking a pink. I have not seen crocheted "give away" kippot before. Crocheted kippot are usually something you purchase for your self or maybe your girlfriend crotchets one for you.
Flash! it is 2014 and I am the father of a Bat Mitzvah. Kippot have advanced. Logos and symbols are the order of the day. And everything can be done on line. I call a company and talk to Shumuel, an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn happy to help me out. I quickly learn that if I send the design I want, they will put it on a Kippah. Perfect for my Star Wars Loving daughter. I send this:
They make this