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Monday, 22 September 2014
Advantages of Wearing Gho - The National Dress Of men In Bhutan
Gho the Bhutanese national dress for the men is an amazing
piece of cloth which can be used as so many things. I being in military seldom
wear the gho. Last time for the archery match while I was wearing it, I was
thinking why it had been designed in the way it is.
Firstly, unless you are an expert in wearing the gho, you
have to take a help of a friend to wear properly. It encourages strong bond
between friend and family whoever is there while wearing the gho. It requires a
helper to at least put a hand at the backside folding it in exact amount on
left and right side, the crease thus formed should be as parallel as possible
but parallel folds at the back can rarely be seen.
help is require between step 2 and 3
I remember an incident while mentioning ‘putting a hand’ – I
was with my kids and I had to wear gho for some occasion. I have done all the
setting that is required and told my nephew to put hands turning my backside
against him. He told me that he do not know how to put the hand. I told him
that it is easy but my both hands being engaged holding the gho in position I
could not demonstrate to him. It is supposed to be done by both hands pressing in
line with the holder’s hand touching the sides of the bum and making a fold
there. I saw my nephew with an index finger pointed and coming to put it as I
have requested. The embarrassing situation was saved because I looked back towards
him on time. My nephew was 6 years old and he had never helped someone wear a
coming to put a hand
Secondly, the gho helps hide the pot belly and an
accumulation of adipose tissue on the backside. Actually the more you have the
better it is for the gho wearer; fat people look good in gho.
Thirdly, gho can serve as bedding – in times of need the gho
can be used as a blanket or mattress, if folded it can be used as a pillow. In
olden days there was tradition of wearing double gho to protect from the cold
and during night halts on the way it served as bedding. During the time of
crisis if you are wearing gho you will be saved as it can be used to make
Fourthly, after wearing the gho a large pocket is formed
just above the belt and it can accommodate almost anything. It is the largest
pocket in the world, eliminating the requirement of carrying of small bags if
you are wearing a gho. Mobile phone, purse, pens, file and even packed lunch
can be carried there if you are not concerned about how you look.
The special belt used for wearing a gho known as ‘kayra’
also has so many uses besides holding the gho in place. The frills on the both
ends can be used as thread in times of need. Belt which is almost 2 meter long
can be used for various purposes in times of worst case scenario.
The advantages of wearing gho are too many besides
preserving the unique identity of the nation. Little changes had been brought
to the design of the gho because until now no one could think of better design
than the design that was already there since time immemorial.
The only problem is that when you go abroad and if you are
required to take a gho, it occupies half the space of suitcase and weighs more
than 2 kgs. The hand woven gho weighs even more.