Thursday, 26 March 2015

Gutacher costume from the Black Forest

The Bollenhut
7 Jan 2015 | From Quirin of Germany

Here's another postcard from Germany showing a traditional Black Forest costume - the Bollenhut. The Bollenhut has become a symbol of the Black Forest as a whole because of its picturesque appearance and the homeland films. Traditional costumes are still worn today on certain public holidays and in processions and folkloric events in many places in the Black Forest.

Gutach, a town in the district of Ortenau in Baden-Württemberg in Germany, is also where one of the last remaining bollenhut makers works her magic. It takes about one week and two kilograms of wool to make one of the hats. Red pompoms symbolize that the woman wearing the bollenhut is unmarried, whereas married women wear hats with black pompoms.

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