BAD HINDELANG, Germany – A small workshop in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria that has been crafting bespoke “lederhosen” and other garments for over 30 years is still going strong.
Klaus Bensmann opened his lederhosen – short or knee-length breeches made of leather – workshop in the municipality of Bad Hindelang back in 1985, where he has been crafting unique garments ever since.
He worked alone at Leder Klaus Bensmann until recently, when his wife Petra and fellow lederhosen-maker Christoph Haug joined his team.
Bensmann’s particular leather clothes are made of locally-sourced materials, including deer and cow hides, from the Allgäu Alps region.
They also feature hand-embroidered details, which are added at another location.
Epa images showed Haug cutting and stitching leather, while Bensmann worked on a vest made of vegetable-tanned calfskin.
The process of making a pair of lederhosen takes hours, and consists of between 12-14 hours of leather work and a further 12-24 hours for embroidery, depending on how elaborate the pattern.
Lederhosen have long been popular in Bavaria as traditional men’s clothing, but they have now become synonymous with Germany.
They are worn at traditional events, festivals, weddings, and some even choose to wear them as everyday attire.