Opa Vest Fabric

Opa Vest Fabric - Red

Wurstfest is a 10-day festival of sausage, fried food, beer, music, dancing, and German everything held annually in New Braunfels, Texas. Central Texas has quite a few towns founded by German and Czech immigrants in the mid-19th century. If you’re a German speaker and you’ve never heard Texas German, you’re in for a treat.

I went for the first time a couple weeks ago (where have I been these 12 years?) and took these shots of the custom double-knit polyester fabric used for the festival volunteers’ vests. The Wurstfest Association is an exclusive club and it’s an honor to become a new “opa” or “oma.” Senior members get the red vests, which are more coveted. The opas I asked didn’t know when these vests were made originally.

I don’t know for sure but I bet it’d be impossible for a smallish community organization like the Wurstfest Association to get affordable custom woven fabric these days! The good (or bad?) thing about DK polyester is that it will last forever, so these vests can be passed down for many generations of opas and omas.


More pictures from Wurstfest. I got lots of folky fabric design inspiration there!


  1. Diane says:

    Oh. My. DK polyester OPA FABRIC!!! Fantastic. Unbelievable! Oh, I wish I could get my hands on some!

  2. Joelle says:

    I LOVE that fabric! My father-in-law is from Germany and my kids call him Opi (Grandpa). Opa and Oma are the German words for grandmother and grandfather. If you somehow find a source for the fabric, please share! :) Thanks so much!