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Traditionally made cotton with silk beautifully embroidered the kira is the national dress for women in Bhutan. It is an ankle-length dress consisting of a rectangular piece of woven fabric, wrapped and folded around the body which is pinned at both shoulders, usually with silver brooches, and bound at the waist with a long belt. The kira is usually worn with a long-sleeved blouse inside and a short jacket or tego outside. Today there are machine made kiras but the older pieces are hand woven cotton. The Kira is similar to the Japanese Kimono as the fit, folds must be gathered properly- very important for each woman within the culture. Sloppiness is not well looked upon. Think of it as everyday you wear it your are going in front of the board members of a corporation. When the women are at home the dress is much less formal, but even in India the Bhutanese woman will wear their Kira when in town.