Have you heard of Black Forest, Germany’s traditional Bollenhut Hat? I hadn’t either until my first visit there. Once you see it, you will be very curious about it, as it is quite unusual.
People all over the world who have been to the Black Forest know the hat as it is both a symbol and a trademark of the Black Forest.
Oddly enough, the Bollenhut hat is traditionally worn in only three communities in the Black Forest: Gutach, Wolfach-Kirnbach and Hornberg-Reichenbach and yet it is still a symbol of the Black Forest. In fact, I saw it displayed in several different ways and worn a few times in different areas that I visited.
The hat is typically passed down, generation to generation and is made by an ever-decreasing number of skilled seamstresses. Its artful magnificence is only worn and displayed on special occasions. The color of the pompoms have a special meaning, whereas ted indicates that the lady wearing the hat is unmarried, while black indicates the wearer is married.
I think it is quite a cute!
Disclosure: My trip to the Black Forest, where I actually saw a Bollenhut Hat was courtesy of the Viking River Cruises Rhine Getaway and the German National Tourism Board. My joy in seeing the hat was all my own!