You work hard – you play hard. But sometimes, it’s time to BRUNCH.BOOZE.CHILL OUT. Every Sunday through November from 12:30 to 5:30 pm at Beergrdn (183 Jiaozhou Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu), is WKND. You know the drill: pizza, eggs benedict, Vedett beer on tap, good tunes.
This week’s Tou JAM’s WKND has something mash sain (very good). This Sunday will feature a special Mongolian flavor. The music will feature traditional and modern Mongolian and Inner-Mongolian music curated by DJ B.O, there will be aarul (milk candy) snacks provided by Nomad Restaurant (B2F24, SML Centre, 618 Xujiahui Lu) and a very special presence from Mongol Ail (1865 Huaihai Middle Lu), which will have a pop-up jewelry store and present an entertainment program at 4 pm. Other Mongolian goodies might be there, too.
We spoke to Segleng (Siri) from Xiingol, Inner Mongolia, the proprietor of Mongol Ail.
Where are you from? What’s some background about yourself? Did you grow up with a lot of Mongolian culture?
I’m from Inner Mongolia and grow up in a traditional Mongolian family. I went to Mongolian schools where I learnt Mongolian language. Every summer holiday my parents sent me to the countryside and let me know what the real Mongolian nomadic life is. I appreciate it.
Tell us about your store. When did it open?
This July I opened a store called Mongol Ail – it means “Mongolian family” or “home”. We’ve met many Mongolians since the store opened. That is main reason that I opened Mongol Ail.
What are the plans for the future for the store?
Yes, at Mongol Ail you will find out many artworks or Mongolian products, such as paintings from Mongolian artist and products from Mongolian designers. I want to keep Mongol Ail as a place where people can learn about modern Mongolian art and design.
Tell us about your jewelry.
I’m so proud of being a Mongolian. I found out that people don’t know much about Mongolia, so I decided to do something. As I’m a jewelry designer, I use Mongolian elements to design jewelry.
Where did you learn how to design jewelry?
I did not go any schools for design. I think design is not a skill, design is an inspiration. You learn inspiration from life not from school.
What’s the relationship of the country of Mongolia and Inner-Mongolia to you?
We are the same. We speak same language; we own same history and culture.
What makes Mongolian culture so special to you?
Mongolian culture is the nomadic culture. With a nomadic life we go many places and learn many new things, see new things. Even now, Mongolians don’t live with a real “nomadic life” but we still keep the idea of nomadic culture.
What’s the current state of traditional Mongolia culture to you?
We need to keep our traditional culture and learn it. I am happy that now so many young Mongolians learn traditional culture, like music and art. With the traditional culture we can do some changes and put modern idea to the culture.
What are your plans for the future? What do you think Mongolian culture willl be like in the future?
Not specific plans, In the future, I will more explore my jewelry for people. And look for more good Mongolian artist and designers. Mongolian culture will be more and more acceptable for people in the future.
Where: Beergrdn @ Urbn Hotel, 183 Jiaozhou Lu, by Beijing Xi Lu (胶州路183号，靠近北京西路)
When: Sunday, 12.30 – 5.30pm