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Krampus Costumes

„The Devil’s Tailor“ creates artistic Krampus Furs

- Devilish costumes for the Krampus Run are still created using old-world, artistic craftsmanship
- Designs based on historic models
- Numerous appliqués such as tails, gloves with claws or bells additionally increase the „scary“ effect

They are wild, hairy and scary: The Krampus from the Bavarian traditional group Sparifankerl-Pass (Devil’s Group) arrive in outfits that look “frightening“ in the truest sense of the word. Yet the costumes of the Devil’s associates from Munich are small works of art which, although far courser than a haute-couture creation, are nonetheless no less exclusive. Since 2012 the specialist Günther Kastinger from upper Austria – nicknamed Gink – creates original furs with all kinds of appliqués for the guardians of tradition from Munich. And so, this man from Braunau continues a historical craft that has been almost forgotten in Germany.

Depending on the model and additional equipage, it takes about three to four days until the custom-made devil’s costumes are finished in the tailor shop of “Gink-Gwandl”. Besides goatskin, which is widespread in the Krampus scene, Gink also uses the skin of sheep, chamois and wild boar. Modern or artificial materials are out of the question for Günther Kastinger: “For the ancient, traditional style of my Krampus suits, only natural skins are fitting.”

A typical Krampus outfit usually consists of pants supplemented by a jacket or furry sweater in the same look. Clients who choose goatskin as the basic material can also have horsetails sewn on in order to increase their diabolical effect. In terms of cut and design, Gink takes direction either from the wishes of the Sparifankerl Krampus, historical templates or his own ideas. He has no “off-the-rack” models: “Every fur is one-of-a-kind,” says the devilish tailor who, with the “Egelsee Devils”, is himself a Krampus in winter.

Krampus runners in full gear should incidentally strive even in winter temperatures to balance their fluid intake: The fur costumes weigh at least six kilograms, sometimes even 12 kilograms. Add to that the so-called larvae, those up to 15-kilogram heavy devil’s masks. Some people will do anything to look good as a Krampus.

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