Discover the colourful diversity of Europe with the collection of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Women’s and men’s costumes – ‘The Europeans’ 2010–2011
L: 160 cm and 250 cm
Textile, paper, plastic, metal, pearls, machine and hand-sewn
These costumes are made from a colourful mix of materials incorporating stylistic elements from regional traditional costumes and historical fashion ideas from Europe.
Shirts of the German men’s and women’s national football teams
L (max.): 95 cm
Synthetic fibre, machine-sewn
Gift from the German Football Association (DFB)
Today sport, and especially football, is more than ever the focus of positive national identification. Yet the national football shirts themselves reveal interconnections that go far beyond the nation and are European and even global in scope. These shirts were made in Thailand and worn during World Cup finals by Mesut Özil, the child of Turkish immigrants, and Fatmire ‘Lira’ Alushi (née Bajramaj), who came to Germany from Kosovo at the age of three.
Traditional women’s costume from Olympos, Island of Karpathos, Greece
L: 130 cm
Cotton, artificial silk, leather, hand and machine-sewn
In Olympos, a village in the north of the Greek island of Karpathos in the Aegean, this traditional costume used to be worn by all married women and identified them as belonging to that place.
Lindhorst cape, Schaumburg-Lippe, North Germany
1st half of 20th Century.
L: 140 cm
Wool, cotton, hand and machine-sewn
The area in which the Schaumburg-Lippe traditional costume is worn covers Bückeburg, Frille and Lindhorst. The traditional costumes of this cultural landscape are related to each other, but differ slightly from region to region. A notable feature is the large round cape which protects the traditional costume in bad weather. Its form derives from the mediaeval tradition of circular or semi-circular cloaks.
This type of clothing, too, is a sign of regional identity, while at the same time showing the connection between fashion and local uniform tendencies.
Costume of a Candlemas runner from Spergau, a district of the town of Leuna in Germany
L: 180 cm
Cotton, synthetic fibres, sewn
The Candlemas runner with his cape of many-coloured silk ribbons and a crown of flowers is the central figure in the Spergau feast of Candlemas, which is still enthusiastically celebrated even today by the whole town.
Traditional marksman’s costume, Delecke near Soest, Germany
L: 170 cm
Cotton, synthetic fibres, fabricated
This traditional costume of a “marksman king” comes from the St. Hubertus Marksmen’s Brotherhood 1882 club. Its main distinguishing features are the green and white sash and the green and white marksman’s cockade bearing the words “Schützenbruderschaft Delecke, Drüggelte, Westrich” (Delecke, Drüggelte, Westrich Marksmen’s Brotherhood). It belonged to Heinz Näckel, whose son has donated it to the Museum. Marksmen’s clubs have a long local tradition, especially in Germany. They were originally formed to protect the community and also engaged in charitable activities.
Marksmen’s traditional costumes, too, demonstrate to the outside world uniform tendencies and attitudes, consciously communicating their wearers’ common values. Among wearers they are the focus of community-building rituals.
Text: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin- Preußischer Kulturbesitz /
Elisabeth Tietmeyer, Dagmar Neuland-Kitzerow , Iris Edenheiser
Cultural Contacts. Living in Europa, published by Elisabeth Tietmeyer und Irene Ziehe for the Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Koehler & Amelang Verlag 2011.
Concept /Editing: Elisabeth Tietmeyer, Dagmar Neuland-Kitzerow , Iris Edenheiser
Realisation: Lisa Janke
Photo: Ute Franz-Scarciglia, Sabine von Bassewitz
Translation: Catherine Hales and Stephan Schmidt
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz