In this project I wanted to represent Vaghintara (Mongolian vertical writing adapted to Buryat language. This font was used only between 1905-1917) as a symbol of the past, the cultural assimilation without loss of national identity. Analysing different traditions makes it easier to see differences rather than identical aspects, however I am particularly focused on similarities and how different cultures can influence each other. These simple observations inspired me to connect Vaghintara with illustrations in general and Old Russian “Vyaz” (ornamental script) in particular. The style of illustrations comes from Buddhist thangkas. Images of animals and plants imitate the forms of the words written in Vaghintara.