The Bavarian Look
Bavaria – the land of folklore
Folklore costumes play a huge role in Bavarian life, more so than in any other state of Germany. The saying goes that: "Clothed in a dirndl or lederhosen you are always dressed to perfection." Folklore dress not only is and always will be a fashionable way to dress but it will always represent an essential aspect of Bavarian culture. Worn by locals to traditional Bavarian festivities such as the hoisting of a maypole, the Oktoberfest or on church high days and holidays, Bavarian folklore costume is also popular at weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.
Two hundred years ago, Passau townswomen presented their wealth and the prestige of their families by showing off their rich array of gold-caps, which was part of the attire known as Tracht. Today, these fine Passau gold-caps are still being made.
The folklore movement enjoyed a real boom back in the 19th century. King Maximilian II was the first to lay down the law as to what was considered correct folklore dress and what not.
As the kilt in Scotland and the cowboy hat in the US, Lederhosen are a great source of national pride worn by men of all ages across the state.