Young people wear old costumes

Young people wear old costumes

Who knows how much effort and love is needed so that the girls can dance around the net again on church monday in their beautiful costumes with their partners to the wind music at 6:00 p.M. Agnes meixner was primarily responsible for this, and she meticulously took care of the dressing.
The FT visited the friendly and rustic 82-year-old to learn more about her hobby. Their daily dress is still the traditional costume. "20 years ago my son michael and his wife georgine revived the old dance tradition and took an active part in it. He had been out for a few years and promptly they won the net as a young couple", she tells. Since then, preparations have focused on this event every year in the house of meixner.
"I have kept everything from my chamber wagon, and now it is needed", says the 82-year-old. Admittedly, they had to improvise at one point or another. And anyway, nowadays the boys are all so dark that the bodice, also called the body, has to be sewn in to make it fit.
The build up to the dressing is always admirable. She makes her petticoats out of white linen cloths. A second, thick and woolen petticoat comes over it. So that the festrock "bollert" then, as agnes says in french, and by that she means the frock coat should be on. It must not be too dark against the figure.
"My bridal skirt is still my festive skirt, I’ll give it away for that too". She still has seven skirts in her wardrobe, the rest she is organizing and has helpful experts in the family.
In mittelehrenbach, 83-year-old theresia meixner is the only other wearer of traditional costumes in everyday life, so a picture-perfect, colorful outfit is slowly dying out. It is all the more important that people like daughter-in-law georgine lend a hand.
Eleven girls to be dressed this year. The obligatory colorful silk shawl is partially replaced by the traditional costume’s fringes. Silk has the problem of breaking with age. The expensive silk cloths are not possible to get elsewhere. No one gives them away.

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