Pockets? Well, not exactly, as traditional gowns in Bhutan do not contain trousers/pants but only ‘Kira’ for women and ‘Gho’ for men. These are long, beautiful, and often colourful woven fabrics that are carefully wrapped around the body.
The every-day clothing is defined by simple patterns and fabric selection. The traditional gowns, on the other hand, are worn on special occasions and are often made of pure silk. These fabrics often have rich details and colourful patterns. A whole Kira covers the shoulders and reaches to the floor and can cost over 1000 Euros. But if you see how much effort it takes to lovingly create these detailed fabrics by hand, the price appears reasonable. For a single Kira with fine colourful patterns, skilled and experienced weavers need up to 1 year to complete it. A half-Kira, which starts above the hip, requires less time. Over the Kira most women wear a Tego, a short jacket that again is skilfully decorated.