The national dress, worn both by men and women, is a form-fitting robe known as a del. The del was often woven out of silk frequently imported from China.

During festivals or celebrations, women wore a variety of headdresses, including the traditional elaborate boghtagh.

Elite women often had exquisite jewelry, which constituted a considerable quantity of the family's wealth. Small but valuable items such as jewelry were ideal means of preserving wealth, as they could readily be carried during the Mongols' frequent migrations.

See photographs from a traditional Mongol cultural festival as it is still celebrated today


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