Tracht: Original Alpine Style

tracht family farm alps germany austriaFamily portrait found in an antique picture frame.

tracht family austria tirol stubaital vintageVintage postcard featuring a family from the Stubaital region of Tirol, Austria.

tracht women alps mountains funicular germany austriaThe funicular in the background could be a good clue to location.

vintage photo bad ausee austria couple weddingIs this a wedding photo?  Or just a portrait of an affluent couple?  From Bad Aussee in the Styria region of Austria.

Traditional costume characteristic of mountainous Bavaria and Tyrol often serves as the iconic foundation for contemporary alpine-specific style and is responsible for endless beloved motifs.  Tracht signifies region (such as Berchtesgaden), community (most often rural), economic standing and occasion (holiday, mourning).  I remain in awe of the artistic nature and exquisite handicraft involved in this garb.

Most of these images are found vintage photos – I would love to know country and region of origin.  If anyone has knowledge of this topic – please share with a comment.

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