Khalkha Mongols

Hats in Mongolia have traditionally been of great importance. People would take off their hats only when they went to bed. Traditionally hats were made for different seasons and purposes: winter, summer, worn on special occasions and casual. The material was black or blue cloth. Dressy hats were made of silk of blue shades. The literal translation of the name “janjin-malgay” is “general's hat". In Mongolia they call all kinds of hats with flaps folded upwards malgay, but the janjin-malgay type of hats used to wear senior military officers; the revolutionary leader of the Mongolian people Sukhe-baatar is usually portrayed wearing this hat. The Mongols say the peak of a hat, resting on the dome-shaped crown symbolizes prosperity.