National Geographic : 1962 Mar
by hand. Least reliable of all were the Chin ese tires. The valves leaked, and the tubes were so fragile they always seemed on the verge of collapse. With black hair and golden skin, high cheekbones and straight, prominent noses, most Mongolians remind me of the American Indian (page 290). Others have round faces with ruddy cheeks and buttonlike noses. Many Mongols are short and wiry, though some are a rangy six feet or more. Mongolians are precise in dress. They are Cooperative grocery in Ulan Bator offers canned goods from Russia and China and meats from Mongolian farm co-ops. Shopping housewives wear Western shoes with the del, a coatlike gar ment used by both men and women. neat and formal and look with disfavor on the informal sportswear of the Russians. Young boys traipse to school dressed in brown corduroy coats and pants. Young girls almost always wear long braids that fall to their waists over brown dresses. A pinafore sometimes white, sometimes black-covers the dresses. Red neckerchiefs add a colorful touch to both costumes (next page). Among adults, Western dress is accepted for office work. But the del (below), a long coat of wool or silk or padded fabric with a 297 EKTACHROMEBY JORGENBISCH © N.G .S.