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Only by trekking does the traveler get to see the rudimentary settlements of the nomads who live as high as 5000 meters. The nomads depend totally on yaks, a long-haired animal similar to a buffalo but which can live only at high altitude over 3000 meters. They make tents and clothes from yak hair - also it is starting to change and ugly plastic sheets are now popping up here and there. Yak meat, cheese and butter are their main food. They barter these products with the people from the lower valleys, where crops are grown. Bartering is usually held in the autumn before the winter sets in, since the paths towards the high altitude areas, where humans are settled, get cut off by heavy snowfall.

When looking at the picture above, just realize it is all what they own besides the yaks, it is all their life.

The man and the woman are wearing traditional bhutanese clothes. It is called gho for men and kira for women.

The gho is a long robe hoisted to the knee and held in place with a kera, a cloth belt, wound tightly around the waist. This forms a large pouch above, that may be used to contain particular items, traditionally a bowl and betel nut (note the man is chewing betel nut). They usually have a big knife tucked in their kera.

The kira is a floor-length rectangular piece of cloth wrapped around the body over a blouse called wonju. The kira is held from the shoulders by broach-like hooks called koma and is fastened at the waist with a kera. The dress is complete with a short, open jacket-like garment called toego.

This couple had an older son who is a famous singer in Bhutan! They were very happy to get news from him through our guide who saw him recently performing in Timphu the capital city.

Note. Originally posted as a workshop in another post, this picture has been promoted as first class TE citizen following critiques advise.

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Additional Photos by JM Hullot (vincz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
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