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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Chosen and explained by Kyonosuke HIRAI "Garb of Theravada Buddhist Monk". I wore this robe for my three-month monastic retreat. When I walked around to collect alms, my robe often slipped off. Many small pieces of cloth are patched together into an outer robe. The robe tears easily if it gets wet, for example if the wearer gets sweaty. I seldom washed my robe, and took good care of it by mending it every day. A monk leading a simple life is allowed to keep a bowl, a water strainer, a needle, a stone, and a razor.

History of the Object
The robe, worn by Buddhist monks in Southeast Asia is comprised of three parts: a shirt (upper garment) and skirt (lower garment), and an outer robe (a large piece of cloth) which wraps around the whole body. The robe can be worn in three ways depending on the occasion: for rites, for everyday use, and for outdoors.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
cotton 
Measurements
Size of a human 
Creator name
Lao 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Vientiane, Laos 
Geography
Laos 
Time period
AD 21th century ~ AD 21th century 
Creation date
21st Century 
Function
Clothing 
Acquisition
Collected in 2001 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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