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The traditional sherpa clothing is distinctive to solu-khumba, the basic garment of the sherpas, the chuba originating in the cold climate of Tibet. It is a warm ankle-length robe that is bound around the waist by a long sash. The chuba's upper portion becomes a large pocket for everything from money to bowls.
In the past, chubas were made from strips of hand-woven woollen cloth, originally they were the un-dyed white colour of the sheep's wool from Tibet. More recently they have begun dying the wool black or brown. On trading trips to Tibet, people often wore sheep skin chubas, jackets or pants.
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