One of the most distinctive features of the Bhutanese is their traditional dress.
Men wear the Gho, a knee-length robe somewhat resembling a kimono that is tied at the waist by a traditional belt known as Kera. The pouch t which forms at the front traditionally was used for carrying food bowls and a small dagger. Today however it is more accustomed to carrying small articles such as wallets, mobile phones and Doma (beetle nut).
Women wear the Kira, a long, ankle-length dress accompanied by a light outer jacket known as a Tego with an inner layer known as a Wonju.
However, tribal and semi-nomadic people like the Bramis and Brokpas of eastern Bhutan generally wear clothing that differs from the rest of the Bhutanese population. The Brokpas and the Bramis both wear dresses woven either out of Yak or Sheep hair.
Bhutanese are a very proud people. While they are opening up the country to the outside world, they are also holding on to their traditions including their festivals (tshechus), music and clothing. School children wear “uniforms” (meaning their outfits are the same color) of kiras and ghos.
And while young people are starting to wear more western-style clothes in the cities, the national dress is still compulsory at work and expected at formal occasions. All in all, the vast majority of people do wear the national dress and swear that they are quite comfortable in their outfits.