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Phot: Lt Col R. S. Kennedy? Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer?, Coll: Sir Charles Bell, Date: 1920-1921 or 1922, Region: Lhasa, Mrs Taring (left) and Mrs Pemba (right) in Fort at Gyantse. Mrs Taring wears elaborately decorated headdress typical of Gyantse region, while Mrs Pemba wears that typical of Lhasa region. Both wear jewellery such as gau amulet boxes around their necks and other items. Photograph demonstrates very well regional differences in aristocratic women’s dress in Central Tibet.

Photographer: Lt. ColR. S. Kennedy? Willoughby, Patrick Rosemeyer?, Collection: Sir Charles Bell, Date of Photo: 1920-1921 or 1922, Region: Lhasa . A Golok woman (left) and a Tsang woman (right) in park in Lhasa. Bell describes them as being ‘two friends’. Both wear regional headdresses, coats, aprons and clothing, amulet boxes, and accessories.

Photographer: Rabden Lepcha?, Collection: Sir Charles Bell, Date of Photo: 1920-1921, Region: LhasaThis is a portrait of an aristocratic woman of Lhasa wearing typical Central Tibetan coral and pearl headdress, turquoise ear-rings, a ‘gau’ (amulet box) at her neck, and the married woman’s striped apron. The pose and setting, with the European furniture and textiles of a wealthy Lhasa family.

Photographer:  Rabden Lepcha?,  Collection:  Sir Charles Bell,  Date of Photo:  March 1st 1921,  Region: Lhasa, Lubu. Four Maids of Honour and two assistants who will serve chang or barley beer to the Yaso officials at the ceremony of the Preparation of the Camp at Lubu, standing outside decorated tents. The women wear coral headdresses, turquoise inlaid amulet boxes or gau at the neck and waist, Lhasa style turquoise ear ornaments, and strings of pearls, corals and other precious stones.

Tibet | Wonderful Regional Headdress and Ornaments | © BetterWorld2010

Tibet | Wonderful Regional Headdress and Ornaments | © BetterWorld2010

Tibet | Portrait of a woman wearing an incredibly expensive and heavy ceremonial costume during the King Gesar Arts Festival / Khampa arts festival in the Kham region of Tibet in 2004 | © BetterWorld2010, via flickr

Old Tibet. two noble Lhasa women in traditional Tibetan costumes of their region . 19th century

Tibet | "All Dolled Up". Ali region | ©Rufeng0758, via flickr

Litang Horse Festival, Tibet. Khampa woman wears her family's treasures.