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Tibetan Clothing PDF Print

Fest is Tibetan Clothing

Tibetan dressThe otter skin margin, which is always a kind of decoration of Tibetan robe, originally comes from the work of women. In the dawn, diligent women always have already started to milk cows and cook meal, so their robes are easily getting wet by the morning dews, which make the work extremely inconvenient. Therefore people chose the waterproof otter skin to protect the robe. Gradually, people desired for the crafts of pattern, decoration and color matching of the otter skin margin.

The Tibetan man's robe is always over the knee, and at waist the robe may bulge out like a big pocket where the daily goods can be put inside.

Although there is no need to worry getting wet by the dewdrops, tiger skins or leopard skins are also sewed on the robes, this tradition originally came from the honorable award for warriors in the period of Tubo Empire. In that ancient time, Tibetan king rewarded the warriors returning in triumph with tiger skins, leopard skins and a large sum of money to prize their braveness. Instead, toward the deserters and losers, the king would also grant one thing-the fox skin to criticize their cowardice.

In the military reward and penalty system of Tubo, there are six symbols, six appraisals and six warriors. For example, the symbols of the six warriors are:

  • tiger skin robe
  • tiger skin gown
  • tiger skin skirt
  • satin cloth of saddle
  • satin mat of stirrup
  • neck towel

Afterwards, Tibetan men gradually put these awards on the dress to show their braveness. People must pay attention to the way a Tibetan wears his clothing: if a man puts a long sleeve of robe from his shoulder down to chest meaning he is humble; if he puts the sleeve from his shoulder down to arm elbow meaning he is friendly. Instead, if he puts the long sleeve from chest up to shoulder showing he is arrogance; if he puts the sleeve from arm elbow up to shoulder showing he is leisure; if he puts both of the two sleeves up to shoulder, showing he is challenging the public.


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