Cashmere, Copper and Nomadic Cuisine: Exploring the tastes and textures of Mongolia

A sensory introduction to modern Mongolia

This thriving democracy, sandwiched between Russia and China, is home to extensive grasslands called steppes. Steppes are cared for by nomadic farming communities, who also look after herds of horses, camels, goats, sheep and yak. The area is also one of the biggest suppliers of cashmere in the world, as well as valuable minerals such as gold and copper. Dr Ariell Ahearn Ligham (School of Geography and Environment) led participants through an immersive experience of contemporary Mongolian art, and traditional Mongolian games, food and drink, as they explored the link between everyday items in our homes, and the people looking after the steppes. 

Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science