The culture of historic clothing has played a major role in rural Bavaria for more than 200 years. While traditional costumes once served as work clothes, these splendid outfits now shape the Bavarian sense of identity. The Bavarian people still use traditional items of clothing to demonstrate their regional identity today and thus make a significant contribution to the Myth of Bavaria. They show how deeply rooted they are in their homeland and proudly share their Bavarian attitude to life with the outside world.
Dirndl, Lederhosen and traditional shoes: for many years the modern generation has carried on the old traditions and ensured that original Bavarian dress never goes out of fashion. In the high Alps of the Allgäu, for example, they still make Haferlschuhe (traditional shoes) and in Franconia Flitterkränze (bridal crowns) are crafted from coins and glass beads. In the Bavarian uplands tailors stitch Lederhosen, while in Mittenwald Gamsbart binders hold a competition to demonstrate their skills at hat decoration – all painstakingly crafted by hand.