Steppe Stories

The Art of Playing

Posted by Sofia Moreira Infante on Jun 7th 2019

Today in Mongolia we celebrate the spright and wide-eyed child in us all. In the squares of Ulaanbaatar the ostentatious fantasies and creativities of a child's mind have come to fruition through circuses, ice cream, rides and more. In this story, Annika Furman tells how, much like these circuses and festivities, adventure and travel can bring you back to your youth. One of the incredible elements of traveling and experiencing a new country is the feeling of childlike jubilance. Whether i
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From the Hangai to your Home

Posted by Hangai Mountain Textiles on Jun 7th 2019

Hangai's unique collection of yak down, baby camel and cashmere throws are knit and woven exclusively in Mongolia from hand-combed fibers, ensuring that the value-added remains in-country for the herder families, and the knitters and weavers, with whom we partner.With our Mongolian partners and U.S. entrepreneurs, we are building an international brand that showcases Mongolia’s extraordinary natural fibers that have been hand-combed by herding communities for centuries, and in this fashion we
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​The Khövsgöl Yak Festival

Jun 7th 2019

The Khövsgöl Yak Festival is the epitome of a Mongolian congregation. The festival began in 2015 to promote local tourism and help herders increase the quality of their products and learn about pasture management. Herders and craftspeople from all over the province and country come together in order to celebrate individual achievements and culture within the community. Lining the grass fields are mats decorated with hand-crafted bone knives, carved wooden bowls, and felted slippers. Tsend-Ayus
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A Month to Celebrate our Wonderful Women

Posted by Sofia Moreira Infante on Jun 7th 2019

Tsetsege is a strong and independent herder who lives with her family in the rolling hills that flank Mt. Otgontenger in Mongolia’s central Khangai Mountains. As Tsetsege walks among her herd of yaks, goats, sheep, and horses, her wide face and high cheek bones catch the sun and she flashes a vibrant smile. She grew up in this expansive landscape, learning the habits of her animals and the ways of nomadic life. Tsetsege shoulders the demanding responsibility of tending her large herd of ani
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Have Blankets, Will Travel - Hangai Gets Featured in the Roaring Fork Lifestyle Magazine

Posted by Caitlin Causey on Jun 7th 2019

HOW A GLOBETROTTING COUPLE BROUGHT SUSTAINABLE LUXURY MONGOLIAN TEXTILES TO THE US— AND DISCOVERED HOME IN THE ROARING FORK VALLEYNegative 40. Such was the sub-zero temperature when Betina Infante and her family arrived in Ulaanbaatar, the notoriously frigid capital city of Mongolia, during the dead of winter in 2007—straight from living in balmy Indonesia, no less.“I will never forget that,” she says, recalling her first days in the remote Asian nation with both humor and fondness. “It wasn’t
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