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weiser
Sunday, September 20th, 2009, 09:12 PM
I recentaly attended a local Oktoberfest celebration in my home state of Wisconsin, USA. I love the traditional lederhosen and dirndl costumes. I even bought myself a traditional felt alpine hat. These are all mainly Bavarian traditions associated with Oktoberfest.

This got me thinking. My German side of my ancestry derives from Pomern and West Prussia. What is the traditional folk dress for these former Prussian provinces? If I was going to attend Oktoberfest, I would like to resemble a dress, or even just a hat, that most resembles my ancestral orgins rather than mimick the Bavarians.

Can somebody point me in the right direction? Photos? Links?

Thanks,
Brian

Sigurd
Sunday, September 20th, 2009, 09:28 PM
As a Bavarian, I'm usually a bit wary when an American says - "Hey, Oktoberfest is cool, lasses in Dirndls FTW and Lederhosen are nice, I have hundreds of them, etc. pp." :D --- but I find it very commendable that you've put some thought into this topic and would much rather wear a folk costume that more closely resembles your own ancestry, as is proper. :)

I'm not much of an expert on folk costumes from "further afield" but a quick search rendered some examples of the areas you are looking for:

East Prussia and West Prussia - from a stamp
http://www.bund-der-vertriebenen-hessen.de/bilder/tracht_opreussen.jpg

http://www.bund-der-vertriebenen-hessen.de/bilder/tracht_wpreussen.jpg

Pomeranian Island Rügen
http://www.deutsche-schutzgebiete.de/webpages/Ruegen_Tracht_.jpg

http://www.leba.de/LEBA/Trachten/Daniela-Roland_Fischer.jpg

A random Pomeranian display of folk costumes
http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dadsweb/images/landmrks/Pommern.jpg

A Pomeranian folk costume from around the Jamund Nehrung:
http://www.leba.de/LEBA/Trachten/Karin-Roland_Jamund.jpg

Pomeranian folk costume from Pyritz
http://www.leba.de/LEBA/Trachten/Bianka-Michael_Pyritz.jpg

Pomeranian folk costume from around Belbuck an der Rega
http://www.leba.de/LEBA/Trachten/Daniela-Andreas1_Belbuck.jpg

Supposedly Eastern West Prussian folk costume
http://www.volkstanzkreis-halle.de/assets/images/autogen/a_image.gif

Supposedly East Prussian folk costume
http://www.feierabend.de/images/channel/web/3/0/g.481100.jpg

Hoped this helped a bit? :)

Nachtengel
Sunday, September 20th, 2009, 10:23 PM
From Albert Kretschmer's Deutsche Volkstrachten:

(Provinz Schlesien). Buchwald. Fischbach.

http://www.antikbuch24.de/uploads/128/images/36457.jpg

(Provinz Schlesien). Tannhausen.

http://www.antikbuch24.de/uploads/128/images/36458.jpg

(Provinz Schlesien). Tannhausen.

http://www.antikbuch24.de/uploads/128/images/36459.jpg

Schlesien. Czarnowanz.

http://www.antikbuch24.de/uploads/128/images/36460.jpg

Spreewald.

http://www.antikbuch24.de/uploads/128/images/36461.jpg

Spreewald.

http://www.antikbuch24.de/uploads/128/images/36462.jpg

(Rheinprovinz) Wetzlar.

http://www.antikbuch24.de/uploads/128/images/36469.jpg

Hauke Haien
Monday, September 21st, 2009, 05:05 PM
Supposedly East Prussian folk costume
http://www.feierabend.de/images/channel/web/3/0/g.481100.jpg

It is Kashubian costume from Pomerelia, West Prussia.


http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/3609/id008614blumsteinspinns.jpg
A spinning bee in the area between Königsberg and Allenstein, i.e. East Prussia.

Sigurd
Monday, September 21st, 2009, 06:01 PM
It is Kashubian costume from Pomerelia, West Prussia.

That's why I said supposedly because the only validation I found was for the region itself, and it didn't look particularly German, should we say. ;)

Hauke Haien
Monday, September 21st, 2009, 06:21 PM
Supposedly East Prussian folk costume

It is Kashubian costume from Pomerelia, West Prussia.

That's why I said supposedly because the only validation I found was for the region itself