Shaven-headed and smooth-chinned, the dress of the lamas was distinctly different from that of the laity. It consisted principally of five pieces: a voluminous homespun skirt reaching to the ankles, held at the waist by a length of rawhide thong; a short buttonless and sleeveless vest; a scarf of about a yard in width and seven or eight yards in length, which was draped around the torso and over the shoulders and arms like a Roman toga; boots made of ornamentally stitched rawhide and heavy cloth, either ankle- or knee-length; and a hat made of pressed wool in the shape of a crescent with the outer edge tufted, looking like a rooster's comb when worn (p. 35).
Source of Descriptive Information
Forman, H. (1936). Through Forbidden Tibet. London: Jarrolds