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Respect for all Tibetans, especially those holding on to their national heritage


photo taken in Darchen near Kailash.


Likely that the Nomad couple are from Apho Ho from Nakchu region (Kham), by looking to their traditional dress, especially the women hat (I got some help from Tibetans).


Nakchu prefecture,traditionally known as Jang Nakchuka,is the name given to the high nomadic terrain of the East Jangtang Lakes and the Salween headwaters, average altitude 4,500m. This is a vast wilderness region trhough which the Nak chu, Shak chu, and Sok chu triburaries flow to form the Nag chu ནག་ཆུ་ (Salween): a 2.784 km river rising in the Dangla range to the north and flowing into the Gulf of Martaban, south of Burma. The county capital Nakchu,

Area: 17.194 sq km.


National dress

The inhabitans of different parts of the Tibetan plateau may be recognized by their distinctive dress, notwithstanding the ubiquitous Chinese clothing which is all too prevalent nowadays. Both men and women wear the chuba, a long-sleeved gown, tied at the waist with a sash. Farmers often wear sleeveless chubas and nomads wear sheepskin chubas. Local designs are distinctive, among them the black smock design of Kongpo, the otter-skin bordered chuba of Amdo, the shorter length but longer sleeved chuba of Kham, the brocade-bordered black of Tsang and To.


Head-wear is also distinctive: the coiffure of both men and women indicating the part of the country from which they come. For example, Khampa men with black hair braids generally come from Chamdo and those with red braids from Derge or Kandze (ie east of the Dri chu འབྲི་ཆུ་ (Yangtze), Brocade hats lined with fur are popular in Central Tibet while stetson or Bolivian-style bowlers are widely used in East Tibet. Ingeneral Tibetans wear subdued colours, but there are areas of East Tibet in particular where maroons and pinks are preferred, above all for festivals.


Jewellery Both men and women wear jewellery, the most highly prized stone being the uniquely Tibetan "zi" (banded agate or chalcedony). Ornaments of gold, silver, coral, turquoise, amber, beryl, and ivory are also worn, but none compare in value to the zi stone.

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Taken on September 18, 2011