The development of Tibetan dressing custom is inextricably related to the natural environment and climate conditions of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau on which they live. The way of production and living also exerted influence on the formation and development of Tibetan clothing. The inheritance of Tibetan dressing custom is often closely linked with the historical and cultural development of the people, reflecting the collective wisdom of the people, and implying the aesthetic consciousness and aesthetic taste of the people.
In brief, due to the difference in natural conditions, modes of production and history, the Tibetan costume is exceedingly rich. This article is to introduce traditional and modern Tibetan clothing from three aspects, Tibetan men’s clothing, women’s dress and monk clothing.
Tibetan men’s clothing is categorized into Legui (working dress), Zhuigui (formal dress) and Zhagui (warrior dress).
Legui (working dress)
Legui varies with the change of four seasons within the year.
In spring and summer they usually wear waist-level short shirt made of cotton or brocade laced with silk produced by white cocoon, and a long gown with round neck and wide sleeves. They put the long gown around their waist and tie the two sleeves overlapped on the back of the waist. The drooping parts of the long gown right reach the knees and form a pocket around the waist to carry portable items. The waistline, crotch and trouser legs are all very wide. They wear short Tibetan shoes and felt cap.
Tibetan Clothes for men
Clothes in autumn and winter are all made of sheep and cow leather or man-made tufting. Long gowns are made of wool or sheep skin. They wear leather cap to protect the ears and wear long boots or self-made Tibetan shoes with leather bottom and woolen upper.
Zhuigui (formal dress)
Zhuigui is the dress for grand festivals and ceremonies. The materials used in Zhuigui are quite expensive with exquisite workmanship. It is the fine Tibetan costume. The upper Zhuigui is divided into inner and outer shirts.
Formal Tibetan Men Dress
Zhagui (warrior dress)
Fox-fur hat on head, Pulu laced with marten or woolen Chuba, long sword around the waist, the carrying of amulet, rifles and pistols enhance the beauty of masculinity of the handsome warriors.
Tibetan Warriors Men Dress
The features of Tibetan women’s clothing are mainly reflected in the transformation of festival costumes, significant events and ceremonies in life. The costume in adulthood rituals and that for premarital females are quite different, which is a feature of Tibetan costume system. Usually ceremonial clothes are much more gorgeous and solemn than ordinary clothes.
Tibetan Women’s Clothing
Monk clothing is simple and solemn. It is categorized into “Duiga” (waistcoat), “Xiamute” (monk skirt) and “Chasan” (kasaya). In Tibetan costume culture, monk clothing is the most intact one that experienced the smallest change.
Tibetan Monk Clothing
With the acceleration of opening up and modernization in Tibet, like other traditional cultures, traditional Tibetan costume is also facing the huge impact of modern society. Modern clothes such as business suits, jeans and jackets could be seen everywhere in cities and towns in Tibet. And the trend is spreading to the vast agricultural and pastoral areas. The good thing is that beautiful, convenient and trendy Tibetan costumes with Tibetan characteristics being reserved appear in response to the time. In the collision between tradition and modernity, Tibetan costume culture will be more and more diverse and colourful.
Modern Tibetan Dress
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Hello I am planning a trip to Katmandu and on to Lhasa and Mt. Kalias. I am pilgrim. Let me know costs and details I intend to fly or go overload from Katmandu Lhasa etc. Thx.
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Thanks very much for your inquiry. Travelling to Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we'll apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passport. Next, we'll send visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give them your original passport, then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for Chinese Group Visa for you. When you board plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, they'll only check your passport and Chinese Group Visa. Apart from Chinese Group Visa, you also need Tibet Permit, we'lll apply for Tibet Permit for you in Lhasa, and our guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport with your permit. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Thanks & Regards
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