2006-06-14

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Welcome, dear visitor. We are very pleased to present you our collection of traditional Mongolian and modern garments. We take great pride in their quality. Therefore, every garment is handmade from the finest materials available, made with the greatest attention to details and finish.
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Traditional garments

The traditional Mongolian Deel
Traditional Mongolian Deel - sash
Our collection of traditional Mongolian garments consists of several different types of garments. The traditional Mongolian Deel, or caftan, stands out prominently. For both men and women, our deels are made of the finest silks, and available in many different colors.
Traditional Mongolian Deel - buttons
The traditional buttons are available as nice, unexpensive solid buttons or very nice, but also much more expensive silver filigree buttons. The accompanying sash is also made of silk, which again is available in many different colors.

The traditional Horseman's Jacket
Traditional Horseman's Jacket - rear
The traditional Horseman's jacket is a very popular garment; it looks very manly and it's warm enough to be worn from early Spring until late Autumn. This jacket is usually made of a thin type of felt and available in several wonderful colors.
Traditional Horseman's jacket - detail
Traditional symbolic knot patterns adorn the front, the sleeves and the back of the jacket. These patterns are fully made and stitched to the felt by hand.


The traditional Woman's Coat
Traditional Woman's Coat - full length
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Traditional Mongolian Vest
Traditional Mongolian vest
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Traditional sleevless long dress
Traditional sleevless long dress
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Traditional garments - History

History
Mongolians like to wear nice, richly decorated clothes which compensate the simple, ascetic nomadic lifestyle. A harsh climate and uneasy life demand attention to the smallest details of the garments. The nomads' wardrobe is compact but has many variations able to serve for different purposes.

In general, Mongolian clothes follow the principle "What I have, do bear along". Sudden changes of weather with temperatures fluctuating up to 20 degrees and sudden snow or sand storms oblige nomads to be always prepared for any situation. When a nomadic herder takes his sheep flock to pastures he carries along everything he'll need to survive. However, this does not necessarily mean big bags as riding a horse and tending animals requires freedom of movements, and clothes are designed in a such way as to allow freedom.

The universal Deel
The Deel or caftan forms the basis of almost all Mongolian clothes. Beside being the main garment, it can serve as a blanket, tent and cover against unwanted glances. Depending on weather or work needs, other garments such as a jacket or a coat can supplement the deel. A deel protects perfectly against cold and winds. When necessary, its long sleeves are rolled down to serve as gloves.

A wide sash, made of several meters of textile, serves as a corset protecting against severe shaking during a fast horse ride. The sash also serves as a belt to which a knife, firestone, cup and other accessories can be attached.

A large pocket formed by the part of the deel above the sash, makes an ideal place for keeping small items.

In the Mongolian nomadic culture special attention is given to the quality of clothes and its tidiness since a missing button, undone seam or loose knot could cost one's life during a sudden snow storm or fast horse ride.

Hats
There were over 100 types of hats, different in shape and purpose --for young and old, men and woman, fashionable and everyday hats, for summer and winter, holiday and ceremonies.

Regular hats like the louz can serve all occasions. In winter the rims can be lowered and protect against wind or cold. On warmer days the rims are rolled up and tied to the back side.

Hats are very functional, but also are the main piece of clothing. In earlier times each hat was richly embroidered with silk, velvet, ornaments, furs and even precious stones. Often long tassels and red strips streaming in the wind would make the owner look very stylish. These red streamers gave rise to the term "red tasseled Mongols". The hats embroidery and ornaments would also indicate the social status and even age of its owner.

It's advisable to keep one's hat on when entering a ger, a traditional nomadic dwelling. Etiquette forbids to greet or meet anybody bareheaded. In the old days neither man nor woman was allowed to go into the street or enter someone's house without wearing a hat. In those days it was considered to be a humiliating punishment if the zangia --a round shaped knot decoration crowning the hat-- was torn off. To step on or over the torn zangia is considered to be a insult to the owner.

Greeting another person or wishing goodwill is always done with one's hat on as a sign of respect. This traditional importance attached to headdresses is still in use today.

Shoes and boots
Mongolian boots, known as gutal, are ideal for horse riding. They are spacious and the slightly upturned noses prevent the boots from being caught in stirrups in case the rider falls off his horse. The upturned noses leave enough air space to prevent the feet from getting cold in winter. Stiff and high shafts protect the wearer when walking in Summer's high grass or Winter's deep snow.

There are different types of boots used for different seasons and purposes. Normal high heeled soft boots, called boitog, are used mostly for hunting or long walking trips. In winter a fur cover, called degtii is put over the boots. The boots' heels can be soft or hard, low or high depending on the nature of their use.

Traditional boots are usually worn with felt socks made to the boots' shape. The upper part of the socks that come out of the boots are usually embroidered with silk, leather, various ornaments and applications.

Boots are made of the skin of cattle or, in special cases, skin of such wild animals as deer, wild goat or sheep. Shoe making is a long and tedious process and traditionally a female duty.

Womens' costumes
With the strong European cultural influence over the last seven decades, the traditional Mongolian garments have become more simple and modern Mongolian women do not need the artistry of their grandmothers. A complete woman's costume can now only be seen in museums, art exhibition of grandmother's trunk.

The traditional woman's costume is very bright and lavishly decorated. Especially exotic was the married woman's hair dress resembling wild sheep horns or wings. Though there is a legend saying that this headdress is reminiscent of a woman who looks like a bird with two wings protecting the hearth, it had rather an aesthetic sense and eventually was replaced with a wig.

Mongolian women traditionally have had long hairs. To maintain and decorate their elaborate hair styles, women used many types of golden and silver hair-pins and combs and, often, precious stones.

Festive clothes look specially decorative using combinations of such contrasting colors as red and green. Over time a silk sash was changed into a leather one. A long silk or just ornamented jacket was put over the deel. On cold days a jersey was available. Women from noble families wore light capotes or coats.
Traditional noble lady's garments
A woman's costume can not go without a lavishly embroidered with gold and silver threads, corals and pearls head dress. Other jewelry accessories made of silver and precious stones were also worn. Long earrings with many details completed the head dress decorated with strips.

A full costume is not complete without a small bag with aromas, cuspidor (spittoon) and small items for treating hands and skin. Many women also used small, lavishly decorated boxes for sniff tobacco.
Star Wars Episode One - Queen Amidala
Girls and young women wore more modest garments than married women. Their deels were of less contrasting colors, more soft and fine. Headdresses consisted of round, cup shaped hats decorated with a red ball from which a long lace hung. Red laces combined with softly shining pearls and silver jewelry were used to attract attention of a passing man, while a long deel tightly tied on waist stressed the slender waist.

Mongolian clothes are so exotic that French artists working on the latest episodes of Star Wars could not resist adopting a full dress of a Mongolian lady for the character of Queen Amidala.

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Modern garments

Modern garments


Elegant silk jacket
Our modern, contemporary collection consists of several different types of garments and ranges from simple but elegant trousers to two-piece or even three-piece business suits.

We also offer fashionable skirts in any length, wonderful jackets, light-hearted blouses and elegant vests to match. In our collection you can also find dresses for many different occassions.
Elegant party dress
Our garments are handmade from silk, velvet, cashmere, cotton, denim, wool or felt and available in many fashionable colors and patterns. Follow this link to see an extensive overview of the
available fabrics, colors and patterns.






Woman's three-piece business suit
Clothes influence how the world looks at you so you want to wear the nicest and best quality your money can buy. Our three-piece business suits will impress your clients, customers, coworkers and bosses with its professional yet youthful appearance.
Woman's two-piece business suit
Our two-piece business suits are functional and elegant. They are well suited whether you have to walk around visiting clients or work from a desk finishing that important project proposal. As a woman of the world you deserve the best and nicest clothes around.
Woman's trousers
Elegant tayloring means you will look the part wherever you go, and the subdued styles of our business suits give you a professional look. People will take you more seriously and value your input.

The seperate elements of our different business suits combine well with each other as well as with other garments you already have in your wardrobe. With some small accessories our suits will provide with a fresh new professional look each day.


Elegant party dress and matching jacket
But maybe you are preparing for your best friend's birthday party. Then you don't want to feel professonal... you want to feel free and happy and above all like the party animal you are. Our party dresses are suitable for every festive occassion, from Grannies 75th birthday to your best friend's bachelorette party.
Elegant evening dress
And if you go on that very special date and want to give the right impression... then you won't disappoint him with our elegant evening dresses.
These dresses reveal just enough to bring him in the mode but they also cover up just enough to tantalise him.

He will enjoy every minute with you!



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Materials, colors and patterns

Materials

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Colors

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Patterns

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Materials

 SilkCashmereVelvetCottonWoolFeltDenimLinen
Short modern woman's jacket
Modern vests and skirts
Elegant modern dress
Elegant modern evening dress
Modern pair of trousers
Traditional Mongolian deel
Traditional Mongolian horseman's jacket
Traditional Mongolian vest

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