Dirndl

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue August. 31, 2017 1141 views

I don't like dirndl very much, because I was not born in Austria, South Tyrol or Bavaria. A dirndl is a traditional peasant dress. Every traditional dirndl is typical for a specific region. Dirndl became popular in the 19th century among the upper class. Sadly it became even more popular during the period of National Socialism. Since the 1990s there is a revival, because dirndl is nowadays a party outfit during Oktoberfest in Munich/Bavaria for everybody. Since a couple of years Octoberfest is very popular and it’s celebrated nearly everywhere. Dirndl became a phenomen of mass culture.

But there are some events with a dress code. We were invited to the wedding of our friends. Everybody had to come in a traditional outfit. I was very unhappy, because a traditional handmade dirndl is as beautiful as it is expensive. I couldn’t afford such a dress – especially since it only would be worn for this occasion. So I ended up in a "costume" made for Oktoberfest – the festival in Munich/Germany.

Selfie

Selfie

This is one of the very few photos of me in this brown and light blue dirndl.

Here comes the bride ...

Here comes the bride ...

The bride (middle, she wears a Anna Plochl Dirndl) and her bride maids were real eye catchers. A traditional and handmade dirndl is incomparable to one of the rack.

The newly wed couple followed by stuffed teddy ...

The newly wed couple followed by stuffed teddy ...

I tried to evade every photographer but I didn’t escape my husband when we marched to the Knödl-Alm, where the reception took place. The only traditional pieces were my Docs. A dirndl and me don’t get along well with each other, I always look like a stuffed teddy or an angry animal in a cage.

A beautiful day with "Kaiserwetter" (weather made for the Emporer) and stunning surroundings.

Knödl-Alm (Bad Mitterndorf)

Knödl-Alm (Bad Mitterndorf)

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