Tibetans are usually conservative in their clothes. They usually wear long-standing and unique Tibetan clothing tog ether with colorful ornaments that featured by various styles and patterns. Archaeologists claim that the traditional Tibetan clothes already has more than 4,600 years of history.
Tibetan style dark robe is characterized by loose waist, long sleeves and large lapel. Women usually wear this robe over a blouse, a colorful apron, which signals that she is not a girl anymore. Also, the faconne decoration reflects local people’s social status. For example, the existence of precious fur and silt piped sleeves, fundus and lapels suggest this man’s high personal status. Underline is essential when wearing a Tibetan style clothing. Male need to wear high collars and female will choose to wear turn-down collars. They are both made with colorful silk material.
Tibetan Clothes Features
Normally, Tibetan robes called as “chuba” in the Tibetan language have five different styles. Most of them were made of Pulu which is a traditional Tibetan woolen fabric. Particularly, the pulu woolen fabrics robes have a belt tied around the waist, and as the belt is fastened, the front part turns into a hollow pocket in which could put numerous necessities. Thus they are the most popular Clothes in Lhasa area, which were worn by the feudal lords to participate in significant activities. Also herdsmen and poor farmers wore them while working because the robes are durable, stout and useful in daily life. Generally they used them as raincoats.
The habit of wearing clothes of Tibetan people is usually to put on only one sleeve and pull the other sleeve around their back to the front of it. Sometimes, they will take off both sleeves while working during the day.
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