Mongolian traditional clothes are one of the valuable contributions of Mongolia in human history and civilization.
Traditional Clothes of Mongolia
Dell is the traditional Mongolian clothing and worn for centuries. It is made of various materials such as cotton, silk, cashmere, wool, suede and brocade etc. Dell looks like thick, knee-length togas - burgundy, olive, khaki, violet and marine blue are the most popular colors, with a silk sash cinched around the waist - usually orange, but sometimes yellow, green or blue. They're more functional than beautiful, as befits a rough nomadic people living in such northern climes, but there's a definite charm in this minimalist accoutrement. Winter dells are distinguished from their summer counterparts by their sheepskin lining and extra-long sleeves that protect hands in –40 degrees Celsius temperatures. Each ethnic group in Mongolia and in Central Asia have their own style of Dell distinguished by its design, style, color selection, trimming, purpose and season. All social strata in Mongolia have their own manner of dressing. Livestock breeder for instance, wear everyday dell made of cotton and inexpensive materials. The khantaaz is a shorter traditional jacket, often made of silk, which is also buttoned to the side, and usually worn over the Dell.
One of the Mongolian traditional wears is the colorful head wear, varies in shape and purpose; for the men and women, young and old, summer and winter, holiday and ceremony, fashionable and everyday use. There are 400 different styles and they refer to social position and ethnic they belong. For ex; the cone shaped top of the hat (blue or red) had 32 stitching symbolizing the unification of 32 Mongolian tribes. Nowadays, Mongolians wear an astonishing plethora of hats: baseball hats have made inroads here as in most other places around the world, but felt or straw fedoras are popular in the summer, and herders are not loath to don a truly bewildering array of "cowboy" hats originating from dozens of Central Asian peoples. In the winter, the Russian shapka is preferred, but many men wear a sheepskin-lined Mongolian felt hat with ear flaps and a chin strap - perfectly adapted to the life of the horse-riding, steppe-dwelling herdsman.
The toes of boots are upturned, and several explanations have been offered for this unconventional style. If boots had upturned toes pre 1578 when Buddhism introduced to Mongolia , then this would be an example of religion using indigenous customs, beliefs etc. to support advance their own religion. Another explanation is that the upturned tip prevents a rider's feet from slipping out of the stirrups. However it's also true that boots are so thick and rigid that if they were flat, they would be almost impossible to walk in. these hefty boots are still worn in UB and are particularly popular in countryside. The boots are tall boots made from thick unbending leather “buligar” and the tops are decorated with leather appliqués. The right and left boots are the same shape. They do not have laces or zippers, making them easy and quick to slip on or off in a hurry. And they can be worn in all sessions with thick felt socks added in winter and removed in summer.