Characteristics of Tibetan Traditional Clothing
Characteristics of Tibetan Traditional Clothing

Tibetan herdsmen who live on the grasslands of “The Roof of the World” are surrounded by snowy mountains and impetuous rivers and have created their own fashion culture that has distinctive local characteristics and national style.

Minorities in Tibet all have their own traditional social customs, way of life and social activities. The men usually wear leather hats, boots, colorful ribbons at the waist and Tibetan knives to display their power and heroic spirits. The women dress in a graceful manner, and are covered with vibrant amber, coral and other precious jewelry, plus luxurious and beautiful gold and silver ornaments.

Tibetan decorations displayed at a festival in Litang County, Tibet. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Tibetan decorations displayed at a festival in Litang County, Tibet. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Clothing of young Tibetan men at a festival in Litang County (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Clothing of young Tibetan men at a festival in Litang County (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Young Tibetan women dressed in traditional costumes at a festival in Litang County. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Young Tibetan women dressed in traditional costumes at a festival in Litang County. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

Traditional costumes worn by Tibetan women of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture when they harvest rice. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Traditional costumes worn by Tibetan women of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture when they harvest rice. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Traditional costumes worn in only a few villages when dancing at festivals in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Traditional costumes worn in only a few villages when dancing at festivals in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

Traditional Costumes (China Photos/Getty Images)
Traditional Costumes (China Photos/Getty Images)
Traditional Costumes (China Photos/Getty Images)
Traditional Costumes (China Photos/Getty Images)

In the old villages, many families have preserved for hundreds of years, the traditional costumes from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) inherited from their ancestors. These valuable traditional costumes are made of silk, embroidered with linen, gold and silver, and decorated with jewelry. Villagers dress in traditional costumes to celebrate festivals and ceremonies.

Tibetan dressed in traditional costume in Golmud. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Tibetan dressed in traditional costume in Golmud. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Tibetan children dressed in traditional clothing. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Tibetan children dressed in traditional clothing. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

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