Oktoberfest is an all year affair at Schnucki. Based in Brisbane it is the only Dirndl & Lederhosen supplier in Australia. Schnucki is run by a mother and daughter team who love their traditional German heritage from the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. They travel the world, as they say 'collecting inspiration, unique ideas and innovative fabrics' but never forgetting their roots and tradition. From this Schnucki was born.
They produce exclusive and authentic designs which currently are using fine Chinese and Thai silk 'with a modern twist' but retaining the genuine style of the Bavarian Dirndl and Lederhosen.
So what is a Dirndl and proper Lederhosen? The Schnucki website describes a Dirndl as "a light circular cut dress, gathered at the waist, which falls below the knee. It consists of a bodice, blouse, full skirt and apron. Whilst it may appear to be simple and plain, properly made modern Dirndl may be quite expensive. This is due to it being tailored and sometimes cut from costly hand printed or silk fabrics and being adorned with traditional embellishment, silver hooks or buttons."
The Dirndl hails from the 19th century based on the uniform of Austrian servants in the Dirndlgwand and literally translates as "maid's dress". The Dirndl was adopted by the Bavarian upper classes as high fashion in the 1870s. Today Dirnlds styles vary from the simple to delicately crafted and is worn mostly in Austria, the Black Forest and Bavaria.
Schnucki describe Lederhosen as "breeches made of leather and may either be short or knee-length. The longer ones are generally called Bundhosen or Kniebundhosen."
It is a common myth that lederhosen is a traditional national costume (Tracht) in German speaking countries whereas today they are more a leisure wear for working-class men in southern parts of Germany. The durability of the fabric has helped it be worn for gardening, hiking or working outdoors.
Lederhosen - Image from website
The 19th century saw a decline in the popularity of the lederhosen in Bavaria as it was deemed as ' uncultured peasants' clothing'. The 1880s saw resurgence in the wearing of lederhosen at clubs in Munich looking to preserve traditional rural clothing styles. It has retained its popularity in particularly Bavaria for festive occasions.
Schnucki also have a range for children and accessories such as traditional Bavarian hats.