What the Lederhose is in Bavaria, the Bollenhut is in the Black Forest. However, the Black Forest Bollenhut was not in the entire Black Forest but only in the three municipalities of Gutach, Wolfach-Kirnbach and Hornberg-Reichenbach, the local costume groups still wear the Bollenhut today.
The wide-brimmed, whitewashed straw hat bears 11 striking, cross-shaped bulbs made of wool; for unmarried young girls these are red, for married women they are black. A Bollenhut can sometimes weigh up to 2 kg and is still painstakingly handcrafted by a hat maker.
The red Bollenhut may only be worn by the girls after confirmation.
The Bollenhut is now also a symbol for the Black Forest and can be seen on every Black Forest brochure that you see on vacation.