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Introduction to South Asia

Jasleen Dhamija

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

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South Asia possesses a wide range of terrain. The northern area has high mountain ranges in Nepal along with the high-altitude plateaus of Ladakh and Bhutan, while eastern India and Bangladesh have tropical areas with high rainfall. There is the Thar Desert, which extends from Pakistan, Rajasthan, and Haryana to Delhi. The fertile Punjab, watered by five rivers, has since ancient times attracted migrations from Central Asia. The ancient riverine culture of the Indus, Saraswati, and Ganges nurture

Bhutan

Tshering Uden Penjor

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

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Since Bhutan emerged from its self-imposed isolation almost forty-five years ago, many people have come to appreciate the unique culture and way of life of the small mountain kingdom. This precious heritage is perhaps most evident in the national dress with its rich and varied handloomed designs and patterns, most of them unique to Bhutan. Since the seventeenth century, the form of dress for Bhutanese men nationwide has been the gho, a long wrap-over robe bloused over a belt to hang to knee lengt

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