varied from tribe to tribe. Both men and women wore leather boots. And,
both men and women wore dels (also spelled deels.)
A del is a wrap that looks like a dress
tied at the waist. A man's del could be short or long. A woman's del
was always long.
Dels made of cotton fabric kept people cool in the
summer. Dels were lined with fur for winter wear, to keep the people
warm and toasty.
There were no pockets in a del. Eating utensils
and anything you wished to carry was hung from your belt.
The Mongols invented appliqué. In the winter months, the women would cut
shapes out of colorful felt and sew them onto clothing and wall hangings.
Horses and cockerels were two of the most popular shapes. They also
embroidered their clothing.
Both men and women wore jewelry made of bronze and gold. They liked to
wear wide bracelets and necklaces.
To the Mongols, hair was a symbol of honor and
In BCE times, the Mongols believed that hairstyles should look
like the wings of an eagle. Women wore their hair pulled smoothly
away from their face. They glued strings of decorated felt to hairbands.
The men left a strip of hair down the middle of their head, and shaved
their head bald on either side. They left the back hair long and
The ancient Mongols spent a great deal of time making hats and head-dresses. Hats were
Both men and women wore hats decorated with fur - sable
and silver fox especially. In the summer, they wore hats made from
They made other kinds of hats to wear on various
occasions. They had top hats, and plush velvet hats with turned up rims.
They loved hats.
of Mongolia Clothing
Costumes (many pictures)
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