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Dressing like a Bavarian
Sarah N Walker
Photos: Bavaria, mix of photos related to life in Bavaria.
Traditional costume in Bavaria (Tracht) includes the Dirndl and Lederhosen. The Dirndl is completed with three separate pieces: the dress (das Kleid), the blouse (die Bluse) and the purely decorative apron (die Schurze). Normally women wear a short sort of hiking boot in light brown suede with thick, folded knit socks. Lederhosen (or leather pants) are either shorts or three quarter length pants that are accompanied by a special cotton shirt, long knit socks and mountain-climbing boots. Some women wear 3/4 length Lederhosen as well.
Other accessories include:
When to Wear It
Munich adheres less to traditional customs than the countryside does. According to locals, the Oktoberfest and the whole Bavarian costume thing went out of style during the 70s and 80s. Now, however, it is 'in' again to go to the fest and to dress up for it.
In the city some people own Tracht, however, many don't at all. Those who do, and like to wear it, will most likely pull out the clothes for three occasions: Oktoberfest, Starkbierfest ('Strong Beer' festival in March) and, perhaps, for a local Folksfest (seasonal neighborhood festival). Plenty of the expats and foreigners who live here enjoy wearing the local costume, whereas others don't feel comfortable. It is a personal issue, and it can take guts to go in Tracht when you can't even order your beer properly in German.
Where to Buy It
But, nevertheless, whether you want to dress up yourself, or make a gift out of some of the items described above, there are a few shops you should do your shopping at. The months before Oktoberfest offer the greatest selection, but you can find all of the above year-round, if you know where to look.
Pat's Second Hand Boutique
Tal 14 (from Marienplatz, about one block down, on the right)
Rosental. 10 (Marieplatz/Viktualienmarkt)
Ruppertstr. 32 (U6/U3 to Poccistrasse)
Lindwurmstr. 15 (near Sendlinger Tor)
Sarah Walker Photo Essays: Photo essays on Munich, Berlin, rural Germany, Bavaria, Austria, Vancouver, New York City.
© Sarah N Walker, 2004
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