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A kabney (Dzongkha: བཀབ་ནེ་; Wylie: bkab-ne) is a silk scarf worn as a part of the gho, the traditional male costume in Bhutan. It is raw silk, normally 90 by 300 centimetres (35 in × 118 in) with fringes. Kabney run from the left shoulder to the right hip, and are worn at special occasions or when visiting a dzong. Kabney is also referred as Bura which means silk. A person who is entitled to wear it is called Dasho and sc person can be referred as Bura marb.

Gho with orange kabney

The rank of the bearer determines the colour of the scarf:

  • Saffron scarf for the Druk Gyalpo (king) and the Je Khenpo (chief abbot)
  • Orange scarf for Lyonpos (ministers and other members of the government)
  • Red scarf for [title)|Dasho]] (male members of the royal family and higher officials)
  • Green scarf for judges
  • Blue scarf for members of the National Assembly and members of parliament
  • White scarf with red stripes for Gups (headmen of the 205 gewogs)
  • White scarf for ordinary citizens.

Former scarf ranks include:

  • White scarf with blue stripes for Chimi (members of the National Assembly)
  • blue scarf for lodoe Tsoggde.

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