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Photo #1 from Munich, Germany by Freistaat made on 2016-10-10 13:23 for Sola

It's a common misconception that Bavarians wear feathers on their hats. Men in southern Bavaria wear a „Gamsbart“.

Photo #2 from Munich, Germany by Freistaat made on 2016-10-10 13:23 for Sola

Despite of being called Gamsbart („chamois‘ beard“) the hair is collected from the spinal fur of the animal. Chamois is a common prey.

Photo #3 from Munich, Germany by Freistaat made on 2016-10-10 13:23 for Sola

Last weekend the Gamsbart Olympics took place in the small village of Mittenwald. This photo shows some participants with their treasures.

Photo #4 from Munich, Germany by Freistaat made on 2016-10-10 13:23 for Sola

Gamsbarts are a quite expensive accessorie. They are handmade, cost up to 4000 Euro and consist of about 40,000 hairs each.

Photo #5 from Munich, Germany by Freistaat made on 2016-10-10 13:23 for Sola

The hat is very important for Bavarian traditional costumes. The men don’t even take it of in taverns, just in church and at home they do.

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Blind_Guardian ✝
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Yeah they do look pretty nice but you'll get cheaper ones too ^^
Freistaat
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But no good ones...
Blind_Guardian ✝
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Freistaat, for sure quality has its price
DELETED USER
Thank you for the nice card. ☺ I've seen a documentary on this issue last week. It was very interesting. There are not many people who produce the "Gamsbart" anymore.
Freistaat
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That's true. I wouldn't (and couldn't) do it too. I'm too impatient.
Oktober
Nice looking people. Quite expensive though.
Freistaat
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I personally wouldn't purchase one. It's a bit over the edge.
Dan 🍀
More stories, please 😊 Do you take requests? If so, would you mind doing a story about the bavarian full contact combat "Fingerhakeln" ?
Freistaat
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Ohh. A martial arts fan! Sure, I will do.
Dan 🍀
Freistaat, cool 👍
Cat Woman
It looks so soft! Also: I would be kind of nervous walking around with €4,000 on my head.
Freistaat
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It feels great. Don't worry, I never heard of a Gamsbart theft.
Cat Woman
That's a relief. I would be very upset if someone stole it.
Nina One
Would you be mad if I laughed?
Freistaat
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Of course not! It truly is bizarre!
Nina One
Local European cultures go back centuries and even millennia. It's really interesting how weird and quirky Europeans can be in their ancient pockets.
Freistaat
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Yes, we are proud of being a wild mountain tribe. Bavaria exists for more than a millenium now.
Nina One
Freistaat, a wild mountain tribe in fedora hats! ;-)
Freistaat
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Nina One, wild at heart!
Brownpants
Learned something new. 😀 never even heard of the gamsbart.
Freistaat
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Bavarian Stories, a constant source for small talk content 😉
Viqueen
I have to say it looks way better than Trump's hair piece. Thanks for yet another informative card.
Freistaat
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That doesn't say much... But thanks for the encouragement!
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