Hairy Hats Symbolize Wealth

Hairy Hats Symbolize Wealth

While you may be familiar with the traditional clothing of Oktoberfest — puffy-sleeved Dirndl for women and Lederhosen for men — you might not have heard much about the traditional hats that go along with the outfits.

Bavarian hats, also called “Tirolerhüte,” are brimmed caps similar to the fedora in appearance, often with feathers or other adornments. Traditionally, these hats are decorated with a tuft of goat hair. This carries a great deal of historical meaning, as goat hair used to be incredibly expensive in Germany. Because of this, the Bavarian hats became a symbol of wealth — the more goat hair you could afford on your hat, the wealthier you must have been.

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