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Journey through the Steppes: Exploring Mongolian Fashion and Culture with Fatou en Mode

As I embarked on my journey to create my documentary series "Fatou en Mode," I knew that I wanted to discover the world through the lens of fashion and craftsmanship. My goal was to explore different cultures and traditions, meet artisans and designers, and learn their stories. In the second episode of the series, I traveled to Mongolia, and what I discovered there left me completely mesmerized.

I spent three days with a family living in the steppe, learning about their daily lives and traditions. The mother of the family taught me how to sew a deel, the traditional garment worn by the Mongolian people. We used an old manual sewing machine, and I was amazed at how precise and skilled she was. I felt honored to be able to learn this skill from her and to be able to wear the deel that I had made.

One of the highlights of my trip to Mongolia was attending the airag festival. Airag is fermented mare's milk, and it's considered a delicacy in Mongolia. I tried it for the first time at the festival, and it was an unforgettable experience. I also watched traditional Mongolian wrestling, which was fascinating to see.

Another unforgettable experience was seeing the Mongol Khan theater performance. The play was about the Yunnu culture, and the costumes were extraordinary. I was amazed at the intricate details and the vibrant colors of the costumes. During my time in Mongolia, I also learned how to make the felt hats used in the theater.

I met with a designer who uses camel wool to create clothes, and I was impressed by the quality of the garments. She also upcycles cashmere to create beautiful patchwork, and it was inspiring to see how she incorporated sustainable practices into her designs.

My journey to Mongolia was an unforgettable experience, and it taught me so much about the importance of preserving traditions and celebrating diversity. I invite you to watch the second episode of "Fatou en Mode" to discover more about the amazing artisans and designers I met on my journey.