Nikolai Galushkin, A Kalmyk Belt
Nikolai shows a man’s belt called khavsn byus. It is the most widespread belt both in terms of its shape and composition. Nikolai’s belt is a modern interpretation of the traditional belt. It contains half a kilo of silver. Silver should be cleaned with lemon acid or soda. The belt itself is made from cow’s pelt dyed brown. It took Nikolai about a month to finish this belt. Nikolai says that Kalmyk silver belts are often decorated with niello which is unknown among Western Mongols.