• Lederhosen literally translates to Leather Pants in German
  • Using fur or animal hide for pants goes way way way back to Otzi the Iceman, the 5,300-year-old frozen mummy who was found near the Alpine Austro-Italian border in 1991.
  • But lederhosen as we know it today first took shape in the 1700s.
  • These leather pants are said to have emerged in the Alpine regions of Germany and Austria, as the trousers of the working peasant community

  • However, leather trousers were actually worn in many regions of Europe by riders and hunters
  • The unique style of these leather trousers with a front drop "flap" however has its roots in the south of Germany or "Bavaria"
  • Lederhosen fell out of fashion for a time in the 1800s as pants made from cotton or cloth began to gain popularity
  • But when King Ludwig II (who was Bavarian) professed he was a fan of the style… that was that.
  • Farmers and aristocrats alike started wearing lederhosen.
  • While the peasants wore lederhosen made of goat or sheepskin that was dyed black, the nobles often chose to make their Lederhosen of deerskins
  • These were then richly decorated to symbolize their nobility.
  • Longer styled lederhosen are known at "Kniebundhosen" – or bundhosen for short
  • The embroidery on the lederhosen often signified a certain region or town and people began to attribute a regional pride in wearing their leather pants.
  • In many small villages men would have multiple pair or lederhosen some for everyday work and some for very festive occasions such as a wedding.
  • In the 2009 Movie, Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen wears a unique and rather unflattering style of lederhosen. I do not recommend this look
  • One can expect to pay about $250 for a basic pair made of durable goat leather
  • However, more expensive Lederhosen are also still available in deerskin and come with intricately designed embroidery and can cost up to $1,000!
  • During the rise of blue jeans across our planet (ironically invented by a Bavarian named Levi Strauss) the Lederhosen lost their popularity in everyday life.
  • However Lederhosen are making a comeback! In smaller, more traditional towns in southern Germany you can see people wearing lederhosen on a regular basis and you can see many people wearing lederhosen to places like Oktoberfest.
    • Rare Dirndl does not make Lederhosen
    • Today there are even women’s lederhosen that have feminine embroidery and a fashionable fit!
    • Now go get your own pair of Lederhosen and see how wonderful they are! Wear it to a German restaurant, Oktoberfest, Oma’s house… wherever!


    http://www.destination-munich.com/traditional-german-lederhosen.html http://www.bavarianspecialty.com/pages/History.html http://blog.young-germany.de/2015/07/understanding-lederhosen-and-dirndl-culture/

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    March 01, 2016 — Erika Neumayer

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