Sunday, November 1, 2015
Bhutan - Through the Looking Glass
Most of the laboring population can be found in the country-side, living in 3 story rammed earth dwellings near fortresses called dzongs. The lower level of the structures house animals and the upper floor is used for storage. The second level contains kitchen and sleeping rooms as well as a shrine or prayer room that appears in all Himalayan Buddhist homes.
To maintain its cultural identity, school children, those who work for the government and anyone associated with the tourist industry are required to dress traditionally. Men wear the gho and women wear the kira. Gho is a knee-length dress like the Japanese kimono and has some resemblance to the Scottish kilt. Women wear ankle length piece of long skirt-like dresses supported by clips designed like brooches that are placed on the shoulders. A short jacket called a tego is worn to complete the woman's outfit.