Traditional Garment Sewing - Deel

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7 Days / 6 Nights
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Description

Spend several days with a traditional Mongolian family, visit the Amarbayasgalant Buddist monastery, get your hands a little dirty, and make your own traditional clothing. On this tour you will have the opportunity to live with nomadic families in their homes, help them cook in the nomadic-life kitchen, collect water, and herd and handle animals such as horses, cows, goats, and sheep.

The main attraction is that you will learn how to sew your own traditional garments, including khurems, khantaazs, or deels under the direction of nomadic women. Mongolians wear warm and cozy sheep skin deels in the winter, padded deels in spring and autumn, and light deels during the summer.


 

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Fare

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Distance: 800 km to Darkhan and back
Accommodations:
*Traditional mongolian ger tour may be customized to accommodate individual needs or desires.

Highlights

Visit the Amarbayarsgalant Monastery in Darkhan
Tour the Jaran Khashir Pyramid, Buddhist centers, temples, and monasteries
Hike and horseback ride through the Jaran Khashir Pyramid villages
Meet genuine monks
Visit nomadic families
Sew your own deel
Experience a day in the life of a Mongolian, including sleeping in a traditional Mongolian ger

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 Grab Your Fabric and Go!
After breakfast, you and your guide will go to Narantuul (a large outdoor market in Ulaanbaatar) to choose your fabric. You will leave Ulaanbaatar in the morning and drive to the city of Darkhan. You will eat lunch there and take a short sightseeing tour. Next you will drive towards Iven Valley where the Amarbaysgalant Monastery resides.

You will be met by your host family and then stay overnight in a traditional Mongolian ger.
Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 2 Amarbaysgalant Monastery
After breakfast, you will visit the monastery and meet monks. For lunch, you will go to Otgonbat's home, where his mother will treat you to a traditional nomadic meal and tea.

After lunch you will go trekking near the Jaran Khashir pyramid. Back at the host family's ger, you will have a dinner with family members and stay overnight in a ger.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
DAY 3 Design your Deel
After breakfast you will learn the history behind traditional clothing and decide the design of your deel or khantaaz. This is the first day of design and construction of your traditional clothing.

You will work on your clothing throughout the day and then stay overnight in a ger.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 4 Start Sewing
In the morning, you will continue your hands-on learning experience by working on your sewing project.

After lunch you will visit another nomadic family and stay the night in a ger.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 5 Sewing the Deel
Continue sewing your traditional Mongolian clothing and then stay overnight in a ger.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 6 Your New Deel!
You will finish sewing your own deel/khantaaz.

Stay overnight in a ger.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 7 That's a Wrap
After breakfast you will have some free time to explore the area. Then you will thank your host family and spectacular seamstress friends.

In the afternoon, you will leave Amarbayasgalant and drive back to your accommodations in Ulaanbaatar.

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