Kira (Bhutan)

Bhutanese girls wearing kira and toego
Bhutanese women wearing kiras

The kira (Dzongkha: དཀྱི་ར་, དཀྱིས་རས་, romanizeddkyi-ra, dkyis-ras)[1] is the national dress for women in Bhutan. It is an ankle-length dress consisting of a rectangular piece of woven fabric. It is wrapped and folded around the body and is pinned at both shoulders, usually with silver brooches (named koma), and bound at the waist with a long belt. The kira is usually worn with a wonju (long-sleeved blouse) inside and a short jacket or toego (Dzongkha: སྟོད་གོ་, romanizedstod-go) outside.[2][3][4][5][6] [7] A rachu (narrow embroidered cloth draped over the left shoulder)[8] is worn over the traditional dress kira.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Schicklgruber, Christian (1998). Bhutan: Mountain Fortress of the Gods. Shambhala. p. 263. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  2. ^ Bartholomew, Mark (1985). Thunder Dragon Textiles from Bhutan: the Bartholomew Collection. Shikōsha. pp. 14, 94, 100. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  3. ^ Levinson, David; Christensen, Karen (2002). Encyclopedia of Modern Asia: China-India relations to Hyogo. Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. Vol. 2. Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 104–105. ISBN 0-684-31243-3. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  4. ^ Pem, Tandin; Wangchuk, Jigme (2011-10-14). "Bhutan's New Queen Is at Home". Bhutan Observer online. Archived from the original on 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  5. ^ Brown, Lindsay; Armington, Stan (2007). Bhutan. Country Guides (3 ed.). Lonely Planet. pp. 50, 58, 113. ISBN 1-74059-529-7. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  6. ^ Napoli, Lisa (2011). Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth. Random House Digital. p. 137. ISBN 0-307-45302-2. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  7. ^ Peter, Dorris, M. "Scottish Kilt". Retrieved 17 December 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Daily Bhutan
  9. ^ Bhutan Majestic Travel Archived 2016-10-08 at the Wayback Machine

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