Mongolian calligraphy is the technique ofhandwriting in the Classical Mongolian script, which comprises ninety lettersconnected vertically by continuous strokes to create words. The letters areformed from six mAin strokes, known as head, tooth, stem, stomach, bow andtail, respectively.
This meticulous writing is used forofficial letters, invitations, diplomatic correspondence and love letters; fora form of shorthand known as synchronic writing; and for emblems, logos, coinsand stamps in ‘folded’ forms. Traditionally, mentors select the best studentsand train them to be calligraphers over a period of five to eight years.Students and teachers bond for life and continue to stimulate each other’sartistic endeavours.
The rate of social transformation,urbanization and globalization have led to a significant drop in the number ofyoung calligraphers. At present, only three middle-aged scholars voluntarilytrain the small community of just over twenty young calligraphers. Moreover,increases in the cost of living mean that mentors can no longer afford to teachthe younger generation without remuneration. Special measures are thereforeneeded to attract young people to the traditional art of writing and tosafeguard and revitalize the tradition of Mongolian script and calligraphy.