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Dress of the Exile: Tibetan

Monisha Ahmed and Susan Vickery

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

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The most enduring symbol of Tibet’s struggle for freedom is its national flag—a mountain with two snow lions in the foreground and in the background the sun, surrounded by red and blue bands. With the words “Free Tibet” added, it is embroidered onto T-shirts, screen-printed on bags, made into labels for shawls, and knitted into hats and baby sweaters. The design of the flag dates from the seventh century, when various regiments within the Tibetan army had military flags depicting single or paired

Overview of Tibet

Valrae Reynolds

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. East Asia 2010

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Tibetans live in the highest populated region on Earth, at altitudes of four thousand to fifteen thousand feet (twelve hundred to forty-five hundred meters), isolated from their neighbors to the west, south, and east by even higher mountain ranges and from the north by forbidding deserts. To live successfully in this extreme environment, Tibetans have developed distinctive garments. Nevertheless, components of Tibetan dress reflect the clothing traditions of the diverse civilizations of Eurasia.

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