Kira (Bhutan)

Bhutanese girls wearing kira and toego
Bhutanese women wearing kiras

The kira (Dzongkha: དཀྱི་ར་, དཀྱིས་རས་; Wylie: dkyi-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, 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་; Wylie: stod-go) outside.[2][3][4][5][6]

A rachu is worn over the traditional dress kira.[7]

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. 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. 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. Bhutan Majestic Travel

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