Traditional and Modern Costumes: Dirndl, etc.
Traditional costume is clearly in fashion. At the start of the 21st century, a keen interest in authentic traditional costume was revived. If you prefer your dirndl or Styrian suit to be classic, you will find various options, fabrics and cuts according to traditional standards in the city and country. Traditional costume with a contemporary interpretation can also be found these days in the culture and design capital of Graz for all fashion aficionados.
4 designations to be noted before purchasing a dirndl:
- Body [Leib]: the upper part, which can be cut differently and also varies in colour.
- Kittl: the fabric and skirt part drawn below the body. The length of the Kittl may vary depending on the model.
- Schürze [apron]: fabric part around the Kittl and the body centre with ribbons.
- Accessories and embellishments: these are the borders, lace, pearls or ruffles that are sewn on and guarantee uniqueness.
Not all traditional costumes are the same. You should know the occasion for which you would like to wear it. The difference between everyday traditional costume, Sunday costume and festival costume can be noted by the different cuts and fabrics.
Source: Volkskultur Steiermark GmbH / Steirisches Heimatwerk
In the following, we have put together a selection of traditional costumes in the different regions. Please contact the respective tourism offices if you would like to know more about these places.
In blue and green like the landscape and the waters, that's how the National Park Gesäuse presents everyday traditional costume in strong aqua and natural tones. Traditional costume is the dress code, for example, every year at the traditional Dirndl Ball at Castle Röthelstein. Something special: the Admont everyday traditional costume is shown with a "Froschgoscherl finish" and chequered body.
Natives and guests alike will also find wonderful traditional costumes in Upper Styria. The "forest home of Rosegger dirndl" is one of them. It is festively elegant with a green-black plaid body, black skirt and dark-green apron. The interwoven floral ornaments make it a special piece of clothing for any occasion. The dirndl got its name from the famous Styrian poet Peter Rosegger, who is known to have grown up in Upper Styria. To match the ladies, the men wear a black-green plaid vest under the Rosegger janker [jacket].
On some festive days, the Ramsau festival traditional costume is taken out of the closet. In the region of Schladming-Dachstein, there are many places to purchase special fabrics or traditional costume. Beautiful destinations are Steiner1888 Wollwelt, a tradtional fabric manufacture, as well as Lodenwalker, home to Schladming loden since 1434.
Thermal Springs Country of Styria
A tour with tips through the worlds of traditional costume: traditional costume in thermal springs country stands for a bond with one's homeland and timelessness. A tip is to visit the Hiebaum traditional costume factory where, on a guided tour through the transparent manufacturing process, you can discover how extensive traditional costume is and how it is made. Women's and men's traditional costumes are available in some other shops. Particularly popular is the thermal springs country and the Vulkanland everyday traditional costume.