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The history of LEDERHOSEn


Around 1850, lederhosen as we know them today were considered hunting trousers for the nobility. It was a noble part, which the farmers could not afford at that time and could not use well for field work.


In order to protect the beautiful lederhosen from spoiling, a few friends at the regulars’ table in Bayrischzell decided in 1883 to found the first traditional costume association. Men had short lederhosen made for themselves and it has become a tradition to flaunt them ever since.
At first they were smiled at a lot by the church and the community. Luckily, the aristocracy was behind the “Lederhose” project and so they became more and more popular.


Until 1913, the then Bishop of Freising called the Bavarian lederhosen a "work of Satan". The followers of the Bavarian tradition, who were already established at the time, only took this as an opportunity to put on traditional trousers. So the Lederhosen triumphed against all prejudices.

In the 1950s and 1960s, traditional lederhosen had their heyday. For special occasions and delicacies, Bavarian lederhosen already have a firm place in the traditional image of the homeland.





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