“In our wind band women wear men’s clothes, but they no longer feel comfortable in them. How can we change our concept?”
Another important aspect of the Trachten Information Centre’s activities is its educational programme and its advisory service for private individuals, specialists and institutions.
We might, for example, offer advice about how to find a collection lovingly amassed over a period of thirty years that has gone missing, or about how to save a Trachten society facing dissolution. But we can also give tips on how to clean a valuable pair of Lederhosen that are a family heirloom. In other words, we receive enquiries about all manner of things.
Our educational programme and advisory service are available to anyone interested in the history and current use of traditional costume, testifying to the importance we attach to inclusion. In 2017, in conjunction with the “Zamma” cultural festival, a neck scarf edition was produced as part of the Trachten Information Centre’s inclusion campaign. We plan further such initiatives to promote inclusion and participation.
The private individuals who come to the Trachten Information Centre for advice include fans of traditional costume, wedding couples, and collectors and their heirs. Our more specialist consultation service is designed for creatives and craftspeople; manufacturers and garment makers; traditional costume groups, societies and clubs; museums and other cultural institutions; universities, state schools, vocational schools and adult education institutions; and authorities, corporations and companies.
Events & Workshops
Alongside talks and exhibitions and visits to trade fairs and markets the Trachten Information Centre’s educational programme also offers more practical events: for instance, our Workshop Programme not only addresses theoretical questions but also seeks to promote craftsmanship directly. It is designed for anyone who would like to try their hand at making traditional clothing themselves or for those who require further professional training.
Until further notice, our course programme will be held in German. As it is very practically designed, there is nothing to prevent participation with little knowledge of German.
For information on current workshops, please get in touch with our office.