“Moselblümchen” (Mosel Flower) – a lovely name for the traditional dress of the Mosel. Although, consisting of a skirt, bodice, apron and shawl similar to the Bavarian dirndl dress, it doesn’t resemble a flower at all. You can see it everywhere at the region’s wine festivals. The Moselblümchen usually has the colours green, white, black and red, all of which have a special meaning.
Green symbolises Riesling wine and is found on the skirt. The blouse and apron are white, which represents the purity of Mosel wine. The black of the bodice symbolises the characteristic Mosel slate, on which most of the vines along the Mosel grow. Women wear a red shawl to finish off the costume.
This brings us to the story behind the traditional dress. The likely first appearance of the “Moselblümchen” was in 1886, in a painting by Josef Lieck (*1849, +1914), a Prussian painter of winsome motifs. Art or kitsch – it's debatable. In any case, the image has become iconic and even features as part of an exclusive, modern Moselblümchen design by Dorothe Follmann.