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comes from the word "tragen" meaning "to wear." Thus, Tracht means that which one wears. In the more narrow context of a Gauverband, it means the garments that we wear to represent and preserve a particular time period in Bavarian/Tirolean history and a particular community standing.That time period is generally the mid- to late 1800s; Tracht has, however, undergone minor changes since that time.The community standing of Gebirgstracht is that of the rural folk in the mountainous regions. Guidelines required for Tracht in Vereine of Gauverband Nordamerika are detailed here: 


Articles and Presentations

Often our members present workshops detailing certain specific histories, best practices, and instructions of how to make Tracht. The following is a compilation of some of those efforts.

Presentations of Special Exhibits at the Trachtenkulturzentrum in Holzhausen:

  • Handwerkstechniken - 14 page presentation covering embroidery, knitting, crocheting, bobbin lace making, and leather punching
  • Gut behütet - 38 page presentation of the hats and head coverings worn throughout Bayern
  • Trachtenbewegung in Bayern - 22 page presentation covering the history of the Trachten movement in Bavaria


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