When traveling in the northeastern grasslands of China, you often run across Mongols dressed in colorful costumes and adornments. The effect is quite impressive, especially when you watch a group of Mongolian horsemen thunder past on their mounts, their robes flowing behind them. From a distance, these robes might appear savage and rough-hewn. Upon closer inspection, however, you will be probably be amazed by the exquisite workmanship and complicated stitchery. You might ask: How can such a rural people create such beautiful and complicated clothing? Well, the answer is: The Mongols have had a lot of practice. The history of Mongolian costume can be dated all the way back to prehistoric times, when Mongolian people first began using animal skins, fur, bones and feathers to make clothes and ornaments for themselves.
The embroidery work on traditional Mongolian clothes is a rare and valuable technique in the treasury of world arts. Perhaps you think Mongolian women from the grasslands are only suited to be Shepards; their rough fingers only good for grasping the manes of horses. Can you imagine their long, nimble fingers are equally skilled at fine embroidery? Indeed, Mongolian women often learn traditional embroidering in their childhoods and are taught to make full use of their imaginations in order to create all kind of delicate designs. These embroideries will be used on hats, headdresses, collars, cuffs, boots, purses, etc. Different designs have different symbolic meanings, which fully reflect the artistic value of the embroidery-work.