German Word of the Day: Charivari

(wait, what? that doesn't sound German...)


Well, strictly speaking, it's French. (Don't tell anyone we called it German.)



Men's Charivari worn at Oktoberfest


A Charivari - which literally means pandemonium or commotion - is what we call the traditional decorative chain worn across the drop fly of Lederhosen, or, less commonly, with Dirndl. Charivari probably originated from the tradition of decorating pocket watch chains with small hunting trophies. They are usually either solid silver or silver-plated, and are adorned with gemstones, coins, teeth, antlers and other types of trinkets.


And yes, of course we have them! Charivari chains are among the many accessories we offer at Hollerbach's Outfitters Trachtenladen (traditional German folk apparel store) in Historic Downtown Sanford - come by and take a look!

Charivari, Lederhose and belt available at Outfitters

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