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Cultural Meaning of Mongolian Yurt Ornaments

What is Mongolian Yurt? Mongolian Yurt (ger) is a traditional portable dwelling of the nomadic Mongolians. Mongolian yurts are made of a wooden framework, a felt cover, and ropes. From various primitive dwellings to the modern ger with its delicate and unique ornaments, a complex system of aesthetic characteristics defines the Mongol ger-architecture, which has […]

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Development of Wooden Engraving from 18th Century Mongolia

Wood engraving has two main types: half engraving and whole engraving. There is a template of engraving that is called tsoi in Mongolia. The whole engraving is used for making a variety of items, such as the horse curry comb, a chest, a newspaper table, a tiger-legged table, a bed, and a cast of traditional cookie, […]

Bone Horn and Tusk Crafts

Bone, Horn and Tusk Crafts

Bones, horns, and fangs of domestic and wild animals are boiled and used for creating various items. TUSK ENGRAVING Nomadic Mongolians have used the tusks and teeth of wild and domesticated animals for various craftworks. Among them, a tusk sculpture by S. Sengee is amazing. Marked as the best of this kind of art in […]

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Mongolian Felt Crafts

Ornamenting Felt Craft There are many items in Mongolia made by felt. Mongolian felt craft is very unique. Some example of the Mongolian felt craft is felt souvenir ger, felt sitting pad, felt yurt cover, etc. The patterns are made with ochre. The interlocking pattern starts from the middle portion of the drawn pattern, and […]


Mongolian Hide and Leather Crafts

The Mongolian hide and leather arts are defined by the various ways by which the hides of animals are prepared. After slaughtering a number of their herds and flocks for winter consumption, Mongolians have traditionally salted raw skin and hide, and cut off their ends. The skin and hide can thus be cut in various […]

Mongolian Traditional Calligraphy

Mongolian Script and Traditional Calligraphy

The Mongolian nations have created and used various scripts since ancient times and they keep a complex tradition of calligraphy. Mongolian calligraphy has strictly-observed writing symbols called tig (glyph). Ancient Glyph Ancient Mongolian historical chronicles, inscriptions on monuments, and royal letters and documents are written in ancient scripts, using graceful, yet hard pointed writing tools. […]

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Mongolian Ornamental Patterns

Ornaments are a very important part of the Mongolian decorative arts. They represent traditional artistic expressions that depict the origin, essence, and meaning of various things and phenomena of our life and the universe. The first ornamental figures and patterns included realistic descriptions of things and happenings; later, they have come to include dots, lines, […]

Cultural Heritage of Nomadic Pastoralists Art of Needlework Knitting

Mongolian Art of Needlework and Knitting

Mongolian art of needlework is one part of the unforgettable cultural heritage of the nomadic pastoralists. Sewing,stitching, embroidery, knitting, and other such arts have developed since prehistoric times. Herders have used a variety of materials to make their needlework creations, including animal hair, which has been scoured, plaited, spun and twisted, silk thread, animal tendons and […]

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Mongolian Traditional Craftsmanship

Mongolian Traditional Craftmanship Traditional craftsmanship is one of the largest parts of the Mongolian intangible cultural heritage and it bears the attributes of Mongolian intellectual, religious, aesthetic, and symbolic expressions. Traditional craftsmanship has an inexhaustible treasury that is constantly being re- created and enriched as it is passed on from generation to generation. A unique […]

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