"The local costume should be able to tell you something about the municipality like a map of the village," the woman from Eben explains. She got behind the table immediately and went through Eben's local chronicle; the history, geographical events, cadastral communities, the local coat of arms - everything should flow into the costume. From the sketches, first a painted picture was created by an artist and then, together with two other seamstresses, Cäzilia finally put together a workday costume in the original cut, made exclusively from regionally sourced natural materials. That's exciting, I thought - but what exactly will the whole thing look like now?
Her eyes shining bright, she shows me - finally - her designs of the dirndl and lets me in on the secrets of the new local costume: Since Eben is surrounded by forests, green became the main colour of the costume. The green also refers to the former place name Taxen, an old name for fir tree. The "Taxzapfen" (cones) can therefore also be seen on the exclusively made buttons. The protected landscape part "Eben Moor" finds its place on the smock through a special printing process, the mystical-looking shadow print.
Local costume clearly plays a major role in Cäzilia's life - but where does this passion come from? "I associate local costumes above all with traditions and home life. Even as a child, I experienced the importance my mother attached to the overskirt, for example. It was THE garment that was only worn on special days. We children were not allowed to touch it. It was a special treasure, the unhooking and ironing of the dress and my mother doing her hair was real rituals back then," the native of Reitdorf reminisces. In addition to her profession as a master tailor, Cäzilia is also involved in several local and traditional costume associations in the province of Salzburg and is the chairwoman and founder of the Eben Women in Traditional Costume – and is now also the proud creator of the first Eben local costume, the "Ebener Gwandl".
Eben Women in Traditional Costume
Cäzilia Althuber, Chairwoman+43 664 995 65 12