6 / 2004

Tibet - Men's boot with silk covered upper

The many invaders from Central Asia, such as Mongols, Afghans and Persians, influenced fashion for boots in Tibet. Indo-Tibetan boots can be recognised in artistic depictions dating from the 8th and 9th century AD. The "Ihaam" is worn by commoners and the male population in general. It has a red upper made of thick woven wool or textile called "nambhu". The here shown "jaa-Ihaam" in gold silk is similar to the Ihaam, but is worn by high-ranking officials and priests. the red woollen upper is covered with gold coloured silk. the wedge is made of thick felt covered with green donkey leather attached to a leather outer-sole. The edges are defined with couch-stitched embroidery in white and shades of blue.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland