Photographer's Note

I met this group of children while I was clambering along a very steep path towards Namgyal Chorten Tempel. I conversed with them for a while and they seemed me so joyful and really happy. Bhutan is the country of happy people! Girls (except for the youngest) and boys were wearing traditional colourful Bhutanese costumes. It was religious Buddhist holiday that day.

Bhutanese traditional dress is called the gho (men’s robes) and kira (women’s dress).

The women’s dress is a length of woven material (kira) that is draped across the body over a blouse, and held in place over the shoulders with silver clasps. A toego (or jacket) is usually worn over the dress.

The man’s gho is a stitched robe, which reaches the ground when first worn. This is then pulled up to knee length and tied in place at the waist with a hand-woven belt. Long socks and shoes, or traditional hand made boots complete the attire.

Traditional dress is worn for all formal occasions including working in the office. The Bhutanese wear their best hand-woven ghos and kiras on formal occasions while machine milled traditional clothing is also popular for daily wear.

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