Information on the Sewing of Monastic Robes

International Mahayana Institute (IMI) is happy to provide information on sewing Monastic Robes for members of its community. The PDF files of Sangha Robes contain both the written information and associated diagrams for sewing tradition monastic robes in the gelug lineage. The basic components include the Gnulen (undershirt), Dhonka (upper garment), the Shemdap (lower garment), the Zen, the Choegu, Dingwa and underskirt. Included also is a short synopsis of the symbology of the robes. These documents were prepared by Ven. Tenzin Desal to assist monastics in being able to sew, or have sewn, robes in their own countries.

The information on the Sewing of Monastic Robes include:

  • History of the Robes
  • [pdf]

  • Notes to Users
  • [pdf]

  • Undershirt (Gnulen) Sewing Instructions
  • [pdf]

  • Undershirt (Gnulen) Sewing Diagram
  • [pdf]

  • Dhonka Sewing Instructions
  • [pdf]

  • Dhonka Sewing Diagram
  • [pdf]

  • Rabjung Shemdap Sewing Instructions
  • [pdf]

  • Getsul/Getsulma Shemdap Sewing Instructions
  • [pdf]

  • Getsul/Getsulma Shemdap Sewing Diagram
  • [pdf]

  • Bikhu Shemdap Sewing Instructions
  • [pdf]

  • Bikhu Shemdap Sewing Diagram
  • [pdf]

  • Choegu Sewing Instructions
  • [pdf]

  • Choegu Sewing Diagram
  • [pdf]

  • Dingwa Sewing Instructions
  • [pdf]

  • Dingwa Sewing Diagram
  • [pdf]

  • Underskirt Sewing Instructions
  • [pdf]

  • Underskirt Sewing Diagram
  • [pdf]

  • Zen Sewing Instructions
  • [pdf]

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact office@imisangha.org