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November 27, 2012
Dressmakers tailor traditional Perchten costumes out of sheep and goat coats in the tannery Trenkwalder...
SCHEFFAU, Austria
Dressmakers tailor traditional Perchten costumes out of sheep and goat coats in the tannery Trenkwalder...
Dressmakers tailor traditional Perchten costumes out of sheep and goat coats in the tannery Trenkwalder in the western Austrian village of Scheffau, some 80 km (50 miles) east of Innsbruck, November 12, 2012. Each year in November and January people in the western Austria regions dress-up in Perchten (also known in some regions as Krampus or Tuifl) costumes and parade through the streets to perform a 1500 year-old pagan ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter. Each handmade traditional costume, consisting of up to 14 separate sheep or goat skins, takes three dress makers one day to produce, and costs between 500 - 600 euros. Some 15 hours are needed for a woodcarver to sculpt each demon mask which is made from stone pine wood with goat horns attached. The mask costs an additional 600 euros. Picture taken November12, 2012. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (AUSTRIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
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