The Geudertheim Country Music
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Alsatian Folk Dance Group
Musique Paysanne Groupe folklorique Geudertheim

The suits of the group

The suit allowed to identify quickly the social origin of its carrier, but also its membership in the rustic community. It ensues from it a real codification of the suit, from 1685 there was even in Strasbourg a book which was a kind of clothing regulation.

Suit of the musicians

The suit of the musicians is very particular, because it takes back the dress worn by the servants of the Baron Pierre RIELLE of SCHAUENBOURG in the 1870s and the castle of which was implanted to Geudertheim. From September, 1886, the society of country music of Geudertheim adopted definitively this suit. It consists of a "French-style" short pants, a pair of white stockings, shoes with buckles, a white shirt, a red vest decorated with gold-coloured buttons, with a grey jacket and with a hat in grey fur.

A man differs from the group and wears a black fitted coat and a three-cornered hat. This character was formerly the "Mayor" of the music society. Today, this suit is worn by the manager of the group.

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Suit of the dancers

The suit of the dancers consists of a white pants and a black jacket ("Mutze" or "Juppe"), a white shirt, a red vest decorated with gold-coloured buttons ("Bruschti") and with a black felt wide-brimmed hat.

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The suit of the conscrits

The conscrits are the young people of the village, a boy or a girl, who are going to celebrate their 18 years. But it is the year of 20 years that determines the name of the class. At first the conscription concerned only the men who were called to leave to the Army. The suit of conscrit consists of a pants, a white shirt, an apron embroidered with the name of the village, the name or the initials of the conscrit, the year of birth and the year of twenty years and of a hat surmounted by a bouquet of feathers and diverse elements symbolic as a bunch of grapes or oranges for example and ribbons which remind his feminine conquests.

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Suit of the dancers

The differences of religion showed themselves more in dresses. The catholic girls wore generally red dresses without decoration with a fine black braid on the base. The Protestants, as for them, wore rather green, blue or purple dresses which became red in the Pentecost. Other peculiarity of the Protestants: they wore on the base of their dress a ribbon, often velvet bound and flowers. The ribbons of black velvet at feet of the dress indicated the wealth of the woman. The more the skirt of a woman possessed of ribbons, the more the woman was rich. She could possess between 1 and 6 ribbons. Very appreciated between 1830 and 1860, these Alsatian suits went out of use between both wars.

The headgear with big black ribbon is the symbol of Alsace although it is not the most representative. It was especially worn by the women of very localized regions, as the Kochersberg and the Country of Hanau in the North of Strasbourg. Associated with a red skirt lined with black velvet and a bolero of black velvet with glitter on the white blouse, this headgear becomes the symbol of the Alsatian folklore. This suit was abandoned between 1871 and 1918 in sign of resistance against Germany and handed in honor when Alsace became again French. The headgear presents some variants: black knot with longer pieces behind at the Protestants; white knot for the rich families; red knot to Geispolsheim and to Scottish motive to Bitschhoffen. Somewhere else, we also find clear colors or printed matters with flowers. The big black knot also went in Germany in the region of Bade-Wurtemberg.

To respect the homogeneity of the group, the dancers wear the Protestant dress. The suit consists of an underskirt and a white pantie girdle, a white blouse, a red surpiquée skirt of three black velvet ribbons, a blouse sewn to the skirt, a black silk apron embroidered with flowers, with an indented white ruffle and with a headgear with big black ribbon.

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>> To learn more, a paper published by the Tourist Office of Alsace :