I remember being so excited to finally have a dirndl and feeling like I was Austrian again... “I moved from #Vienna to Florida when I was 10 years old and was incredibly homesick. I spent my summer and winter vacations visiting my father and family in Austria, which did not exactly ease my integration regarding the United States.
I got my first #dirndl, a simple linen one, for my father's wedding to my stepmother when I was 12. I remember being so excited to finally have a dirndl and feeling like I was #Austrian again, a part of at least one culture, since I felt like a complete misfit in Florida. By then I was beginning to lose my German as well since nobody in Florida spoke my first language to me anymore. The linen dirndl stayed forgotten in my closet after that ceremony and is still, in fact, in Florida.
I received my second dirndl from my father when I was 23. A true #Kärntner dirndl, it consists of the colors red, white and blue. These colors also happen to be the colors of the flag of the United States! I loved the idea of mixing my Austrian roots with my #American upbringing in that dress and wore it to as many occasions (weddings, balls, etc.) as possible.
Then something changed. I became more involved in Austrian #politics and I began to see the dirndl as an expression of Austrian nationalism, something I in no way support. Therefore my dirndl has been hybernating quietly in my closet for a year or two now.
However, a recent #protest action has inspired me to see my dirndl in a new light. A woman had sewn a message of protest into her #Dirndlschürze (apron) and lifted it up for photographers to see as she was hiking next to Chancellor @sebastiankurz this summer.
This action made me realize that my dirndl did not necessarily HAVE to be a symbol of nationalism. So perhaps I will be bringing my dirndl out for the next #Donnerstagsdemo...of course with an appropriate message for Chancellor Kurz sewn into the back of my Dirndlschürze!” - #mydirndlstory submitted by Lina P. .
Learn more about the history of dirndls and their place in modern Austria at our #morethanadress event THIS FRIDAY 🎉 Registration is FREE. Link in bio. #womenofvienna