January 24, 2016

1312, 2240 MONGOLIA - Women in traditional clothes

1312 Two young mongolian women in traditional clothes

Posted on 23.10.2014, 24.01.2016
Mongolian dress has changed little since the days of the empire, because it is supremely well-adapted to the conditions of life on the steppe. The deel, or kaftan, is the Mongolian traditional garment worn both on workdays as well on special days. Each ethnic group has its own deel design distinguished by cut, color, and trimming. Before the revolution, all social strata had their own manner of dressing. The deel is a long, loose gown cut in one piece with the sleeves; it has a high collar and widely overlaps at the front. It is girdled with a sash, which isn't simply adornment, but serves as a soft corset facilitating long riders on horse back.

2240 A mongolian women in traditional clothes

The deels always close on the wearer's right and traditionally have five fastenings. Modern deels often have decoratively cut overflaps, small round necklines, and sometimes contain a Mandarin collar, which starts at the neckline and rise vertically few centimeters. The deel has wide, cup-shaped sleeves nicknamed "hooves", which protect the hands from the cold and from injures while doing hard work. There are basically three types of deels, each worn during a particular season. The Dan Deel is made of light, thinks bright materials and is worn by women during the late spring and summer. The Terleg is a slightly more padded version worn by both men and women. The winter deel is serious, padded tunic lined with sheep skin, or layers of row cotton.

One of the most colorful and original items of Mongolian national dress is the traditional headwear. The Mongolian headdresses differed in shape and purpose; there were hats for the young and old, for summer and winter, for holidays and everyday. Their fashion and trimmings and colors were amazing varied depending on the sex of the person wearing it, his or her social position or to who's tribe or nationality they belonged. There are 400 different styles. For example the cone shaped top of the hat (blue or red) had 32 stitching symbolizing the unification of 32 Mongolian tribes. The middle ages women and men wore summer hats made of plush wet velvet upturned brim and brocaded pointed tops. The women has numerous long strands of coral and turquoise beads, and silver bells are sometimes attached on perimeter.

About the stamps
On the postcard 1312
The stamp is part of the series Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, issued on June 13, 2014. All the eight stamps are the same face value, 1000 MNT.

On the postcard 2240 
The stamp, issued in 2012, depict a spaceflight.


The stamp, depicting the painting Horseherd by Damdinsuren, was issued on July, 11, 1969.

United States
The first stamp is the eighth in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series, and was issued on February 7, 2015 to celebrate The Year of the Ram (19.02.2015 - 07.02.2016). The second is part of the series Apples, about which I wrote here.

Culture of Mongolia: Clothing - Wikipedia
Mongolian traditional clothes - Discover Mongolia
Mongolian traditional (national) costumes - Face Music
Traditional headdresses of the Mongolian women - Local Fashion

Sender 1312: Christina
Sent from Ulan Bator (Mongolia), on 20.09.2014
Photo: G. Gan-Ulzii
Sender 2240:
Sent from ??? (China), on 21.03.2014, via Greenvale (New York / United States), on 23.02.2015

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