A few years ago my cousin, Walter Bauer, built up a small private museum for the local dresses (Tracht). His mother started to collect these dresses and she did wear them all day long. She was known in the whole county for that.

The museum gives you a very good impression about the various dressings of the older days. If you are in Wankheim you should try to make an appointment with Walter to get a tour through his treasures.

The Sunday dress varies depending on the status of the woman. The colors for a married women are different compared to women who are still single.
The Sunday dress of married women in Wankheim
The Sunday dress of married women in Wankheim

 

The festival dresses of Wankheim
The festival dresses of Wankheim
The festival dresses are very colorful but only weared at occasions.

The lady on the left shows how women have been balancing the bread dough in a straw basket on their head on their way to the bakery. A small rectangle wood piece with the initials of the family was put on top of the dough for later identification of the bread in the bakery.

Various working dresses
Various working dresses

The wedding crown of Katharina Bauer
The wedding crown of Katharina Bauer
 At the occasion of a weeding in former days this wedding pictures have been made. This one was made at the occasion of the wedding of Sigmund Schettler and his wife Katharine (Bauer) Schettler. They were  married on October 26, 1911. In the middle is the wedding crown of the bride.

Here we have a version of an arm chair. If you have a closer look, you can see, that
the sitting part can be removed and there is a “Pot de chambre” included. So elderly or ill people
didn’t have to go to the restrooms.

Toilette arm chair
Toilette arm chair