The Fastest Chuba at Norlha

In Tibet, men and women wear the same outer garment, the chuba, though they don it in different ways. The women wear their chubas ankle length, while the men pull it up to mid-calf or the knee. In both cases, they are tied with a bright red sash and silver belt. At Norlha’s annual picnic, during which everyone eats and plays games for three days, one favorite competition is the chuba contest in which each contestant is timed to see how fast they can put their chuba on, followed by the sash and the silver belt.