Tracht is trendy. Tracht is traditional. Tracht is tomorrow.

The Trachten Information Centre, located in the Upper Bavarian village of Benediktbeuern, represents the culmination of decades of research into Upper Bavarian clothing culture during which a collection of traditional costumes (Trachten) was amassed. An institution of the administrative district of Upper Bavaria, the Trachten Information Centre is housed in the historic vaulted rooms of the Maierhof, located in the grounds of the Benediktbeuern monastery.
Since it was founded in 2000, the Trachten Information Centre has established itself as a globally unique study centre that showcases a collection of historic Upper Bavarian folk costumes.
Its holdings currently encompass around 20,000 original articles of clothing and accessories from three centuries; approximately 40,000 photographs taken mainly during field research; archives – comprising pattern books, documents and manuscripts; and an extensive reference library containing numerous precious books.

Tradition and the future

The Trachten Information Centre does not, however, regard archiving, documenting and studying the past as an end in itself. Rather, it seeks to harness the past traditions for the benefit of the present and the future.
Traditions remain alive for as long as they continue to make a productive contribution to present-day life and for as long as there are people who resist their folkloric, political or ideological appropriation. With its competence, experience and educational and advisory services the Trachten Information Centre seeks to support a living culture that forms a bridge between tradition and the future.

A brief overview of the Trachten Information Centre’s activities:

  • Comprehensive scholarly research; archive work, compiling inventories, conservation work; evaluation and publication of research findings
  • Managing, maintaining and conserving the collection and its holdings of clothing and accessories, graphics and photographs and archive records such as pattern books, documents and manuscripts
  • Reference library
  • Educational & advisory services
  • Events including talks, exhibitions and fashion shows
  • Publications

Engaging in exchanges about traditional dress in the past and the present, answering questions, pursuing new ideas and supporting research projects are some of the most worthwhile aspects of our work.
Please get in touch! We would be delighted to hear from you!

At a table in the historical vault of the Trachten Information Centre, its director Alexander Karl Wandinger prepares an item of clothing for archiving.
Alexander Karl Wandinger, director of the Trachten Information Centre of the District of Upper Bavaria, prepares a historical garment for archiving (Photography Peter Nitsch)
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