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Textile from Bhutan: Hothra Jalo

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Textile from Bhutan: Hothra Jalo
This is an unusual textile for Bhutan because it is made of a wool cloth imported from Tibet. Aside from some of the luxurious silks imported from China it is one of the few instances where indigenous Bhutanese clothing is made from imported cloth. One still sees this material offered for sale in Lhasa in long rolls. This Often the pattern is tie-dyed but here it is printed.

Here it is made into a woman's dress worn just like a kira. This kind of dress is worn in only one small area of Bhutan near the border with Tibet. It is composed of twelve strips of material all carefully hand stitched together to form a width of ninety-five inches. It is fifty-one inches in height.

The overall piece is in good condition with no holes, but it shows fading and use in those areas which showed on the outside. It has been lined with a two-inch striped cotton - top and bottom - by machine.

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