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Lederhosen are men's traditional suede leather shorts. During the 18th century these durable pants were rough work clothes for farmers and peasants.
In the late 19th century, during the age of Romanticism, the upper class developed an interest in folk culture and adopted lederhosen for leisure wear, hunting, and hiking. Trachten, traditional German and Austrian folk costumes, have fancy lederhosen with staghorn buttons and traditional embroidery decoration.
Lederhosen are usually worn with leather braces /suspenders which attach to buttons on the front and back of the shorts, crossing in the back. A leather strap connects the suspenders across the chest - often there's a breastplate decorated with flowers or birds. [See boy's school photo, left.]