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The Traditional Costume of the Wachau - Set

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  • 03.04.2020
About The Traditional Costume of the Wachau

Traditional Indigo-Printed Dirndl

The beautiful WachaU on the banks of the Danube in Lower Austria is the subject of this year’s stamp from the “Classic traditional costumes”series. The stamp shows the highly traditional costume for everyday use for women, the indigo-printed dirndl.

The dark-blue dirndl dress is made from cotton. Using a traditional artisanal dyeing technique, so-called indigo printing, creates the delicate white floral pattern on a blue background. The bodice with its characteristic bib is tightly fitted thanks to the two curved seams in the back panel. A dark-blue ruched cotton trim, the so-called “Froschgoscherl”, decorates the neckline and the bib. The monochrome apron is slightly darker than the dress. A white blouse with gathered sleeves and white stockings round off the costume.

With the costume for special occasions, which is made of silk and brocade, the ladies wear the Wachauer Goldhauben, golden bonnets which are painstakingly crafted by hand. This costume traces its origins to the Biedermeier period and has barely changed since.

A UNESCO World Heritage Region, the Wachau is primarily associated with apricots and wine making. The typical traditional costume of the men, a kalmuck jacket and knee breeches, is ideally suited for this: boatmen and rafters used to make their jackets out of the robust cotton material known as kalmuck and the vintners of the Wachau adopted this material for their daily wear. The Wachauer hat is decorated with European feather grass, also known as orphan maidenhair, a rare variety of grass.