The National dresses; Gho for men
and Kira for women are worn all over the country signifying the national
identity. The people going to offices, schools and other official always have
to wear the national dress. If a person visiting a Dzong (government office),
person should wear also a ceremonial scarf called Kabney for men and Rachu for
women. This is mainly showing our traditional culture and in respect to the
national flag depicting secular part of the government, the King and the
The best dresses are worn during
the festival, Tsechu. The fabrics can be cotton or silk with lot of pattern
decorations on it. Ladies wear high heels, beautiful silk dress covering whole
body, jewelries and sun glasses on, a paragon of elegance!
Kira is a rectangular dress wound
around the body from neck till ankle, securing on the shoulders with clasps and
tied around the waist with belt called Kera. Inner blouse (Wonju) and outer
jacket (Tego), matching the color of Kira should always be good color
Men’s dress, Gho is similar to
kimono long till ankle but pulled up to knees and tied with Kera. Men’s belt
(Kera) is smaller in width than women’s. White cuff called Lagey and knee long
socks with shiny leather shoes is the elegance of Bhutanese men.
Highlanders dress is something
different from others. People from northern region called Layaps wear Yak hair
woven dress with bamboo hat with pinnacle. Merak and Sakteng inhabitants in
northeastern Bhutan, bordering Arunachal Pradesh in India also wear Yak hair
woven dress with black hat.