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Gold brocade robe. The robe has a standing collar, long sleeves and side opening with metal frog closures. There is a multicoloured meander border and brown fur trim around the side opening, cuffs and bottom hem. There are several multicoloured meander bands through the middle of the robe. On the front and back are brocade floral, vase, feather and tree designs, predominantly in gold and silver. The inside is lined with light blue damask woven with dragons within roundels.

History Of Use

Khakhazouk were created to be worn by government officials on special occasions. There were only 3-4 of these robes in all of Tibet; whenever families had to perform the ceremony using it, they would have to borrow the robe from a family that had one. The robe is made from gold and silver eighteenth-century Russian brocade. Its multicoloured trim was created with very fine hand stitching, and the robe is edged with animal fur. The robe would have been worn with a fur collar lined with red brocade.


Yapshi-Yuthok Kalon Tashi Dhondup Collection: The title Yapshi is given to all families that have a Dalai Lama born into the family, and Shape and Kalon are titles that the four lay Cabinet Ministers hold. The Yuthok family is descended from the 10th Dalai Lama, Tsultrim Gyatso. Being a Minister in the Traditional Tibetan Government, Yapshi-Yuthok Tashi Dhondup was also known as Shape or Kalon Yuthok. There is one item belonging to Kalon Yuthok that is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum: a Tibetan saddle, which he used on special occasions and during the Tibetan New Year when he would go to the Potala Palace. It was the wish of the late Mrs. Tsering Dolkar Yapshi-Yuthok that the museum display the family's heirloom textiles so that visitors could learn about Tibet's rich history and culture.

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