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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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.