Ts.Sanchir, leader of the Tasam NGO, has gained popularity by her works of researching the lifestyle, history, and legacy of the Mongols residing all over the world.
Over the last 16 years, Ts.Sanchir has conducted research and made some 20 series of TV programs in over 50 countries including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, India, and China. She even traveled countries under domestic clashes to collect information about the Mongolian history as well as ethnic Mongols and their lifestyle and living condition. She has mounted 19 international exhibitions, written five books, and given over 300 interviews concerning her works.
This time, our magazine’s ‘Start Up Business’ page invited her to talk about Sanchir’s small business of leather goods branded as ‘Tasam Craft’. She said people always ask her about expenses or sponsorship for the research travel. “I don’t talk all the time about how we pay the all expenses for research works, videos, books and documentaries which have been made in last decade. I prefer keeping silence on it for a big purpose. But people will understand our work when we talk about it. For our research works, we collect money from a small factory of leather products, which was founded in 1999,” she said.
“When we are settling in the workplace, we usually read and write until afternoon. In the rest of the time, we work at our room to design craftworks. The products made from our room are sold overseas, becoming an image of Mongolia. I wish to travel more places in order to research the history of the Mongol Empire, if we don’t suffer from financial obstacles,” Sanchir stressed and started the interview.
-The Tasam is quite popular among people with its series of documentary films, books and research of the culture and history of the Mongols. But few know that your NGO’s works are financed from a small craft house of leather products. When did your craft house start? Besides the research works, not many people know you are talented in craft. Would you agree?
- I have been interviewed many times about the series of documentary films, books, exhibitions, entirely about our research works on the history, culture and ethnography. But this is probably first time for me to talk about our craftworks. I majored in the pedagogy of Mongolian paintings and art history. My father and brothers are very talented with their hands. When I was a child, I loved handcrafts, and even won a painting contest organized on the Sukhbaatar Square on the Children’s Day before enrolling in school. Afterwards, my parents led me to a course of People’s Artist D.Amgalan. Under mentorship of my father and brothers, I tried to make TV antenna, sailing boats, and sleds that were possible to be made by hands. As my grandmother worked at a factory for military uniform, I used to help my grandmother finish her daily work and learned to sew uniforms. Until graduation of the secondary school, I made clothes for myself. When I became a university student, I earned money for my tuition fee by selling paintings to tourists during the summer vacation. But I still faced problems covering expenses for corresponding the current lifestyle of Mongolians across the world, when I started my research works.
- How do you get raw materials and what technologies do you prefer? Please talk about the kinds of products and their prices.
- While traveling, I always try to buy raw materials and facilities on the side of my job, but I don’t have much to do so. I acquire them in Mongolia or order from foreign countries. Sometimes my friends give some. Expensive and designed materials are usually ordered from foreign countries. Italian-made materials are the most appropriate to make products. I choose the materials and tools after doing the design too.
- Do you receive orders from Mongolians?
- I do orders from companies, sometimes my friends, but it is not frequent because of my daily routine. When I’m busy with plenty of works of projects or research, I’m not able to receive the orders. Some people have companied they waited too long for the products when I had research projects. But our NGO’s priorities are to research works and deliver videos to the public. The Tasam Craft is a financial source of our NGO.
- What is the feature of Tasam Craft’s goods?
- Although we do our business of leather products for the expenses of research works and traveling, we also strive to make our goods an image of Mongolia. We Mongolians always say we must support the national production. In my personal view, we have to consider the creativity rather than productions. It contributed to the national creativity.
Mongolian Empires and Kings always supported the handcraft, architecture, astronomy, and sciences of nations they conquered. They focused special attention to the handcrafts, according to historical sources. In this regard, the Tasam NGO is conducting a research on the handcraft of ancient countries. Recently we have inaugurated a new book named ‘Arts and cultural works of the Ilkhanate’ depicting the wonders of handcrafts, Mongolians’ contributions to the world of arts and culture and their inventions. In order to introduce it all over the world, the book was published in Mongolian, English and Persian languages.
- Thank you for the interview. Wish you success in your business and research works.
Source: Invest Pro Mongolia #4 (2017)