03 April 2020
Traditional Costumes — Wachau Costume (Lower Austria)
Special stamp issues: Wachau Costume
Series: Classic costumes
Nominal value: 0.85 euros
Issue date / available from: April 3, 2020
Stamp size: 31.80 x 50.00 mm
Graphic design: Anita Kern
Printing: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V.
Type of printing: offset printing
Print run: 350,000 stamps in small sheets of 10
The everyday costume of women in the Wachau is named the traditional blue print dirndl for the dark blue cotton fabric from which it is sewn. The typical pattern with white dots or flowers on a blue background is created by a special dyeing technique according to old craftsmanship, the blue print. The dirndl dress has a characteristic bib on the camisole that also how the neckline is decorated with dark blue cotton frills. A plain dark blue apron, a white blouse with ruffled sleeves and white socks complete the everyday costume. To the Wachau women wear elegant traditional costumes from the Biedermeier period the Wachau gold hoods, which are manufactured by hand. The men’s everyday costume consists of a robust Kalmuck jacket in typical checked pattern and knee-breeches. She adorns the Wachau hat.