Tibetan clothing evolved into its current styles and functions fitting for the unique environment of the Plateau. A typical robe is of wide waist, long sleeves and loose hems. To wear it, the right piece is tucked in and the left piece covers on the top, a sash or belt bound at the waist. It is believed that the Tibetan dress has come into its shape since the 1st century, and the basic style remains unchanged until the present days.
For the herdsmen, the most common material of clothing is sheepskin, because of its durability, softness, heat preservation and good breathability. For easier move-about and riding, the lower hems are often lifted to the knee-high, with sash fastened, making much room around the waist to stash things in. The right side of the sleeve, sometime both of the sleeves is taken off during the daytime for easier to work and to cool down from the warmth. At night, untied the sash, the wide and long dress is used as a perfect cover. In the relatively warm areas of farms and valleys, more choices of materials are used for the garments, such as woolen cloth, felt, cotton and silk. The shirts are usually loose, high-necked, with long sleeves. Colorful silk shirts are favored for special festival or celebrative occasions.
The following sections exhibit the brocade robes, furred robes, sleeveless gowns, jackets, shirts, trousers, waistcoats, waistbands, belts, hats, boots, aprons, hair accessories, jewelries and ornaments.