Thrikheb, wool, silk, cotton; size: 152 cm x 70 cm; loan from a private collection
This throne cover for the court or for high lamas shows, as central motive, the »Wheel of Law« symbolising Buddhism. At the top and on the bottom there are appliques of a pair of flying phoenixes and a representation of the wishing jewel.
The elaborate craft of boot-making combines leatherwork, stitching and embroidery. There are only a few masters left nowadays who mainly work on commission for high civil servants and aristocrats.
Photo by Jon Warren
On the right side of the picture: boots, silk brocade and damask, satin, cotton, leather; size: 51 cm x 28 cm x 10,5 cm; loan from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Wien
Specific pieces of clothing denote the bearer's social standing and rank. These boots are worn by lay religious practitioners (gomchen) of Buddhism.
On the left of the picture: boots, napped wool, silk brocade, cotton, leather; size: 49,5 cm x 27 cm x 10 cm; loan from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Wien
Boots of a senior official who has been awarded his title, »dasho«, by the king.