The German dirndl is a traditional dress worn in southern Germany. The dirndl was actually a simplified style of German folk costume. In the past, the dirndl style varied with different German villages. During the 19th century, the dirndl was the uniform of Austrian servants.
The dirndl is made up of a bodice worn on top of a blouse and an apron worn on top of a full skirt, and there are two styles of dirndls, which are only worn during traditional events.
When a knot is tied on the apron of the dirndl, the placement of the knot will tell one the sign of her maritial status. A woman who is single would tie the knot at the left of her apron, while a woman who is married would tie the knot at the right side. A woman who is widowed would tie the knot at the back of her apron.