Robes for monks (civara)
The design of the robes (civara) has remained largely unchanged since the time of the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. Robes were originally made using scrap cloth with little or no value and were a symbol of non-attachment. Since then, donated cloth has been accepted for robes.
The Buddha prescribed a paddy field design for the robes and was originally dyed with colours made from roots, tree bark, flowers, leaves and stalks.
The set of robes we offer comes in 5 colours (see image on the left) and comprise of 5 pieces:
The upper robe (uttarasanga)
The inner robe (antaravasaka)
A ceremonial cloth
A shoulder cloth (amsa)
Please note that slight colour variations may occur from one robe to the next due to the dyeing process. Stock levels also vary depending on season so please check on price and availability when ordering.