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  • Photograph of Tcevelmah standing with a man, both wearing traditional Mongolian clothing and boots.
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Tcevelmah, wearing a traditional Mongolian woman's robe and boots, standing with a man in traditional clothing.
Photo by Ruth Malloy, Toronto.
© Bata Shoe Museum



Mongolia borders Russia to the North and China to the South. Among the Mongolians, leather boots rather than delicate silk footwear were the norm, even for noble women. In recent years, the Bata Shoe Museum has increased its collection of footwear from this part of the world through the efforts of field collector Ruth Malloy.