I would like to apologise for the long period of no blogging on this channel. I have since then realised that I have not blogged, due to well you can guess – the cliched writers’ block. I’m sorry to everyone I thought was being lazy..I now totally understand. m(_ _)m
For still being here, and for coming here – to the new readers! 🙂 I have found a wonderful site dedicated to the new generation interested in Mongolia – ub life! Not sure about the articles, but it featured some great fashion figures in the urban Mongolian scene! If anything is happening you can find these guys there. If you want to just see what the Mongolian millennials like to work towards check out the Mongolian Fashionkillas Facebook page!
The fashion scene is starting to be covered by some great people! So happy (*squeeeeeeee)＼(￣▽￣)/ Check out this article from Afar! – “You need to know about Mongolia’s Fashion Scene” and Mongolia got featured in the Monocle May Issue! Have you seen their three page analysis of Mongolia – the political ambition and climate, the news stations and even the wave of generation in Mongolia – I’m so happy! *ヽ(◕ヮ◕ヽ)
Can’t say how much I love Mongolia being in International news for being good, for being amazing, for their growing presence in the World right now fro something positive – not for being poor, for being in need and not for being different. Yes – we are proud of our Nomadic culture – it’s unique, it is beautiful and we have rich history, beautiful country and a young generation full of go getter! (◠﹏◠✿)
For Mongolians, the culture scene of ballet and opera had a dedicated spot in societies pages. Dedication, endurance, the long hours of practice is well noted when it comes to Ballet. Mongolia’s culture in the classical arts (Classical music, opera, ballet etc.) stemmed from the Soviets, during Mongolia’s long tenure as a satellite state.
The Mongolian Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet close to the Mongolian parliament was built with Soviet help. The dancers were sent to Russia to learn the art of the classical in the hundreds, and it still shows today with many of the artists on stage performing the traditional Russian style. There are agreements with several theatres in place such as Russia and Milan.
The theatre is one of the most popular tourist attraction of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with visitors from the rest of the world such as Europe, Russia and Pacific Asia visiting regularly to perform on stage and to watch. The theatre showcases opera and ballet on Saturday and Sunday evenings, with special shows over the weekday evenings. Often, the theatre is full so book in advance!
Considering the Mongolian’s pride in the language, it is no surprise that there have always been a legion authors, screenwriters, songwriters etc, and ballet is not any different. There are original plays and opera such as “Chingis Khan”.
Why not give it a go when you’re visiting?
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I think I can proudly say that the tourism industry in Mongolia is slowly rising. Just a few days ago Vogue posted an article about visiting Mongolia. The youth is friendly and we are working towards our identity.
“-One of the world’s most sparsely populated countries—by venturing into the wild with epic horse rides through the valleys, climbing up to Buddhist villages and temples, hiking through the mountains, luxurious yurt stays under a canvas of stars, and homey dishes that are truly farm to table, one finds the perfect antidote to the intensity of, say, Shanghai or Moscow.” Vogue CLAIRE VOLKMAN
The migrating sand dunes, the clear air so you can see the stars so bright in the sky, the berries on the forest floor, the high cliffs of which you have to drive under, the fresh healing springs deep within the mountains untouched by the modern culture – so busy, in such a hurry, so crowded. There is barely enough outside the city. You can go for miles, and hours without seeing a yurts and towns. The locals tell you directions by mountains and valleys. It is a beautiful country and it is only a start guys! Please come and visit. We are a friendly lot!
What can I say about it? Yurts, or “ger” as the locals like to call it, is considered an architectural ingenuity by the nomadic culture of Mongolia. It is easily constructed, deconstructed, easily movable over long distance – i.e. light, malleable, flexible – with some additions/deductions you can change the size, weather resistance/ conservancy (after all it is used in harsh winter and summer conditions by the nomadic farmers -35/+35? that is just a little scary) and is earthquake proof.
Today, while I was surfing the internet I noticed a blog post by the magnificent Jodi Ettenberg from G-adventures. It is interesting to see that the yurt, much like the tipi, can now be found anywhere, from New York, US to Cork, Ireland, due to it’s massive surge in popularity brought by the millennials’ desire to travel to exotic places around the world.
Have we talked about the Cashmere scene in Mongolia yet? No? Well then let me introduce you to one of the biggest market in Mongolian fashion industry, Cashmere!
Now if you go to Mongolia in the winter you will undoubtedly find the whole country under layers of snow and ice and the air enough to freeze your hands and steal your breath. There are storm alerts all over the country and depending on the person how many layers that one wears. Now for those of my wonderful readers who live in the more tropical climate, I know, the very thought of layering is completely different to you guys I’m afraid.
The winter in Mongolia can and usually does stay about -35 on a fair day. You cannot go about without scarves, hats, and feather or fur coats. Your trousers has three layers of tights, cashmere undergarments and then your leggings over it. Your toes are under a few layers of socks, one of which again would be made out of camel shearing too.
Perhaps that is why the Cashmere industry in Mongolia is so large. If you are planning to survive the winter you collect these precious clothing items like a squirrel preparing for hibernation. It is not just a fashion statement, it is detrimental to your survival. Ok, not that desperate but pretty much needed if you want to pass the winter comfortably.
So after that scintillating rant, lets see what you can find in our cashmere stores. Depending on the reputation and the price you will find items from soft like the clouds to slightly scratchy. You can find prints, patterns and blocks of colours. You can find dresses, undergarments, coats, gloves, scarves, jumpers, socks etc.
See for yourselves one of the fashion shows by the Goyo brand, one of the more traditional brands:
If you have friends from Mongolia you know that we are a pretty friendly bunch. It is considered a pride of the house to greet a guest with the best of what you have, give them a cup of tea and a bowl full of biscuits, traditional treats and some bread with some condiments. It is considered polite to try some from the bowls.
So back to topic. If you would like to try some traditional Mongolian food, there is a local Youtube channel on all things cooking related – how to make the traditional dishes as well as the Mongolian take on foreign culinary. “Gertee” – At home, a youtube channel that you should be able to find on Facebook.
Another short tip – Mongolians are big on Facebook – not so much on youtube. Here’s a sample video of our traditional dumpling.
Mongolia is growing into a city filled with the new generation. The majority of our population is filled with youth and it shows, with growing café’s, vintage and hipster little spots popping all around the city.
Perhaps that’s why the underground fashion scene is changing too. In this post I will be talking about one of the underground fashion stores to be found in UB, Mongolia. If you drop by the GUMUDA concept store, you can catch up with the designers and the underground scene of fashion here.
With more than two dozen designers collaborating and presenting their collection here you will be sure to see a wide variety of designs from jewellery to clothing by various young up and coming. The fame it has reached within small communities is not to be outdone – with interviews, fashion shows, blogs, and social media pages they are sure to be gaining new fans very quickly!
Please welcome the young team from WRM – We are Mods! With twins and their cousin working hard and continuously to bring the fashion industry of Mongolia into the modern culture! If you’re in Mongolia you should notice WRM – the young underground group that has stared fashion shows, designer markets, and now even Fashion & Art training!
Give the group a round of applause! Check out their Facebook page, their interviews on radio, tv and their magazine!