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A special dress for special occasions

On major religious holidays, tradition-conscious women at the Wilder Kaiser wear the " Kasettl" - the festive dress of the Unterinntal.

It is not only the dress itself that is over two centuries old. When Wilder Kaiser women don the Kasettl, the festive costume of the Unterinntal (Lower Inn Valley), there are many parts of it that are just as old. The precious clothing with its matching hats and jewellery are passed down from generation to generation and cherished. "Tradition means passing on the flame, not worshipping the ashes", says Elisabeth Bliem. The local farmer's wife from Söll is all the happier now that more than seventy women from the village are wearing the Kasettl again. This traditional dress reserved for special occasions is popular again. An individual culture and centuries-old customs won't be forgotten.

Only on special days
The Kasettl is worn mainly on religious holidays such as the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15th August, for processions, sometimes for the harvest festival, funerals or weddings. Elisabeth Bliem, for example, got married in the traditional dress and has remained an enthusiastic Kasettl wearer since. Even if the costume, whose name " Kasettl" originates from the word corset, is cut very closely and has its perils. "You cannot move your head. You have to look straight ahead like the men who used to wear top hats. This upright posture suits us anyway though: we wear the Kasettl with pride after all."

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