'The secret history of the Mongols' presented on 108 meter felt
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'The secret history of the Mongols' presented on 108 meter felt

By B.Tungalag /UB POST/     Sep 13, 2017       Last updated: Sep 13, 2017 10:30

Photo by B.Chadraabal

The presenting ceremony of the 108 meter quilted and stitched art entitled "The Secret History of the Mongols" took place at Sukhbaatar Square on September 13.

Tailors and artists of the ger and furniture manufacturing company Khan Khentiin Gar Urchuud in Khentii Province depict the story of "The Secret History of the Mongols", the most critical Mongolian historic document, on a 108 meter long piece of felt to promote the traditional Mongolian quilting and stitching methods.

 

The artists also hope to set a GUinness World Record.

The artists started crafting "The Secret History of the Mongols" on felt in January 2016 and finished in March 2017.

Head of the Culture and Art Authority G.Erdenebat saind, "More than 5,000 craftsmen from 21 provinces learned the [traditional Mongolian] stitching and quilting technique, and contributed in the making of the piece. Tailors and craftsmen came from 28 groups, such as Inner Mongolia, Tuva, Buryatia, Khalmykia and Kyrgyzstan to contribute in the work. I am proud of them for teaching this cultural heritage to younger generations."

The artists used a 108 meter felt, 20,000 meter camel hair yarn, 120 needles, over 100 liters of 32 colored paint, and 110 meter white cotton.

During the presenting ceremony, initiators of the artwork D.Nergui and J,Narantuya were awarded the Cultural Merit Worker of Mongolia title.

Director of Khan Khentiin Gar Urchuud company D.Nergui saind, "We sent documents to register this artwork in the Guinness Book of Records. It has been nominated for the longest art piece made from animal origin raw materials using the longest thread, secondly the longest artwork made on felt, and thirdly the most inclusive artwork engaging various nations and ethnic groups."

 

Below is a brief interview with J.Narantuya

How and when did you decide to quilt "The Secret History of the Mongols"

I heard that the 1,000 Camels Parade, 3,000 Wrestlers Gathering, and Naadam horse races were registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. That inspired me, and I decided Mongolian traditional handicrafts could be registered as a Guinness World Records. I thought that every process of my work should include Mongolian cultural heritage, so I chose felt. Only Mongolia manufactures felt [in this manner]. I studied stuff that had been registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. There was nothing like it in the Guinness Book of World Records. There was nothing like it in the Guinness World Records. Also, no one had created a piece like mine in Mongolia. Then I discussed it with my husband and decided to stitch "The Secret History of the Mongols" on felt.

The process of the art's creation is very interesting. Who painted the picture in "The Secret History of the Mongols" on a 108 meter long piece of felt?

My husband D.Nergui painted all the pictures. My husband is an artist. My husband read "The Secret History of the Mongols" and painted the concept on felt. After that, the tailors quilted it. There are no words on our work. We featured everything as an image.

Where are you planning yo keep the artwork?

Mayor of Khentii province N.Ganbyamba gave us seven hectares of land next to the gate of the province. We will set up a 24 walled ger and keep our piece in it. Tourists and travelers will come to Khentii to see our artwork.

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