Weekly Photo Challenge: Elaborate

November 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm 5 comments

black forest traditional attire
Black Forest Open Air Museum, Gutach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
It’s still a man’s world as far as courtship is concerned. A woman is preordained to wait for her prince to make the first move. Realizing it’s too much to bear, many traditions allow a woman to express her availability without breaking the rules.

In the Black Forest region in southwestern Germany, for example, she does it by wearing an elaborate headgear called bollenhut that can weigh as much as 4 pounds. Red means she’s available while black signifies that she’s been hitched or doesn’t want to be bothered anymore. When she’s engaged, she wears a bridal crown before and on the day of the wedding.

volkswagen with red-bollenhut on top
I wanted to believe the owner of the volkswagen above is single. But, darn, we had to leave before I got a glimpse of her.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Elaborate  |  November 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm

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  • 2. stenoodie  |  November 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Wow, what a neat piece of education! I didn’t know about this before. Thank you for sharing and for the pingback! 🙂

    • 3. plaridel  |  November 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm


      you’re welcome. what an outstanding blog you have! 🙂

      • 4. stenoodie  |  November 7, 2015 at 6:36 pm

        Thank you for the sweet compliment!! 🙂

        • 5. plaridel  |  November 7, 2015 at 10:33 pm


          awesome. 🙂


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