Aug 2, 2009
The 2008 Oktoberfest in Bavaria featured its own "wardrobe malfunction" of sorts, as it’s becoming increasingly easy to purchase lederhosen and dirndl dresses throughout Munich at a fraction of the former cost.
Unlike traditional garments, these less-expensive duds are made in China, Eastern Europe, or India, or anywhere that charges less for labor and uses cheaper (and certainly not authentic) fabrics and leather. In essence, a massive market for cheap, tacky versions of traditional Bavarian attire has popped up region-wide.
Heavily discounted imports have driven prices down so low that many Bavarian tailors have faced bankruptcy. Today, the number of regional, traditional tailors has been whittled down to fewer than 100 who are still in business.
Are authentic folk costumes worth saving?