Lederhosen for the small ones
Modern lederhosen for boys by Krüger Dirndl
Trachten is not old-fashioned, boring and confined to the last century - far from it. It is true that the famous Alpine costume has evolved over many generations and is an important part of cultural identity. The garments that make up the costume - the shorts, the dirndl skirt and apron, and so on - usually have a very high symbolic content, which provides a lot of information about the wearer of the particular costume. This traditional costume can't be compared to today's fast-paced fashion that is anonymous, rootless, and, after a short time, inevitably outdated and consigned to landfill. Trachten is varied and unique. Each region has its own particular version and thus developed its own voice. The most famous costume, which has established a new trend that has spread across the world, is the Bavarian costume.
Boys' lederhosen - an important part of the Bavarian costume
When anyone thinks of traditional fashion in Bavaria, one garment immediately springs to mind - the Krachlederne, the traditional trousers for children. However, many people have the wrong idea about lederhosen for boys and Trachten for children generally, thinking that they are very rural and old-fashioned. Although the origins of the costume do lie in rural villages, and they were once worn by peasants hundred of years ago, the version that we know today was actually created in the cities of Bavaria and Austria in an urban environment. This was due to a backlash against the mass-produced clothes that were widely worn after the Industrial Revolution. By the end of the nineteenth century, many popular and influential folk societies sprang up in the cities and their members rediscovered Trachten and tirelessly promoted the values of the national identity. In rural regions, the costume re-arrived much later, as the city dwellers spent their holidays in the countryside wearing the traditional garb. The inhabitants of the villages admired the colourful clothes and started to copy and imitate them. The costume quickly became an integral part of festive clothing, even the Krachlederne for children.
Leather lederhosen and costumes are very trendy
Leather lederhosen for children are an important part of the Oktoberfest, just as much as the Hendl, the Weißwurst and the beer. And the Oktoberfest has long spread far beyond the borders of the country and is celebrated worldwide. When it spread across the world, the Oktoberfest took the costume with it so that in the US and China, for example, the traditional boys' lederhosen shorts are worn by everyone who wants to feel part of the culture. And no matter where the Oktoberfest is celebrated, on these turbulent days in early autumn, everyone feels united when wearing the Bavarian country fashion.
Different types of boys' lederhosen
Lederhosen shorts for children have been made according to the same pattern for generations. There are two forms of lederhosen for boys. They are:
- Short trousers. This type of Trachten has thigh-length trousers; these are regarded as working trousers and were worn on weekdays and for hunting.
- The Kniebundhose. This type of lederhosen shorts have legs that fall just below the knee and are tied with a leather strap. The Kniebundhose were used as a holiday wear.
Both types of boys' lederhosen are still available today. They are made of genuine leather, which makes the traditional trousers for children extremely durable and robust. Both the shorts and the knee breeches are dyed black or brown and decorated with ornate embroidery. Also typical of the boys' lederhosen is the eye-catching front bib, the so-called Hosentürl, as well as a pocket on the right side of the trousers, which is intended for the Nickerl, Bavaria's traditional hunting knife. However, there are many other colours and styles of leather lederhosen.
Regional variations in boys' lederhosen
Boys' lederhosen, however, differ in some ways. You can recognise which region the Kniebundhose comes, for example, by the shape of the seat. If the leather lederhosen comes from the East of Bavaria, from Tyrol, the area around Salzburg or from Upper Austria, the seam on the back of the pants is made in a plate shape. For lederhosen shorts from Styria, Allgäu or Carinthia, the seam runs vertically. However, these differences only exist in the knee breeches for children. Lederhosen for boys, however, do have one thing in common. They always have integrated suspenders made of leather, which are also connected with a crossbar.
Accessories for children's leather pants by Krüger Dirndl
Boys' lederhosen are traditionally combined with other accessories, such as trouser stockings that are pulled up over the knee. The trousers are tied up over the trouser stockings to prevent them from falling down. The shorts are traditionally combined with brogues although this is no longer compulsory today. Occasionally, a kind of wide belt is worn with the traditional boys' lederhosen, the so-called Ranzen. However, the braces are also very popular. At present, traditional boys' shorts are mainly worn as a special piece of clothing at folk festivals, such as the Oktoberfest. In everyday life, they are mainly used in southern regions of the German-speaking world. Many people predict that the everyday use of traditional trousers for children will be more widespread. This is because they are comfortable, practical, hard-wearing, and, most importantly, look great!