2017-11

Bhutan Textile Gho 04

Bhutan Textile Gho 04 1

Bhutan Textile Gho 04 2

Bhutan Textile Gho
20 mid-century

pure silk yarn
chemical dye


Bhutan Textile Gho 03

Bhutan Textile Gho 03 1

Bhutan Textile Gho 03 2

Bhutan Textile Gho
20 mid-century

pure silk yarn
chemical dye


***
Both women and men have rules in social etiquette
for how to wear their robes depending on their
social status.
The higher a man’s social status, the longer his robe
and the wider the cuffs on his sleeves.
Most women wear their kira above their ankle,
those of privilege wear the kira down to the foot,
but only the queen wears hers completely down to
the ground.



Bhutan Textile Gho 02

Bhutan Textile Gho 06

Bhutan Textile Gho
20 mid-century

hand-spun wild silk yarn
natural dye


***
Most Bhutanese men tend to carry a knife.
Men of higher social rank may carry a sword,
conferred upon them by the king.
The man’s shoulder cloth, the kabne,
is similarly required for formal occasions,
like the women’s shoulder cloth.
The color of the man’s kabne shows his social rank,
with white being for commoners and yellow reserved
for the king and the Chief Abbott of Bhutan.
Government officials might have their shoulder cloths
embellished with extra patterns or colors, such
as red stripes.



Bhutan Textile Gho 01

Bhutan Textile Gho 01 1

Bhutan Textile Gho 01 2

Bhutan Textile Gho
20 mid-century

hand-spun wild silk yarn
natural & chemical dyes mix


***
The Bhutanese man takes pride in his national garment,
the go, a voluminous full-length robe that isfastened,
folded into pleats, and bloused above a belt
like the woman’s kira.
The go was introduced in the 17th Century from
Tibet by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the statesman
who unified Bhutan.
Whereas the kira is fashioned by sewing equal sized
panels into a rectangular form to be wrapped,
the go is made by a cut and sewn pattern.
Male tailors who create the go also fashion short jackets
of silk brocade for women called togo.


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