ME984.277 | Parka

Anonyme - Anonymous
Western Arctic
Inuit: Yup'ik
1910-1915, 20th century
Fur (arctic ground squirrel, wolverine, wolf, caribou), cotton cloth, silk(?) thread
61 x 137 cm
Gift of Mme Elizabeth Lehaussois
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Coat (40)
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Arctic seamstresses understand the properties of many different animal skins, and know when and how to use them. A perfect example is this exceptional Yu'pik coat collected in Alaska around the year 1915. The coat is constructed of the pelts of fifty marmots (large, squirrel-like animals). The hood is trimmed with wolverine fur, which does not freeze when exposed to the warm breath of the wearer. The coat's white insets are made of trimmed caribou fur edged with decorative red wool and accented with wolf fur. The triangular gores projecting down the front of the coat were designed to give the wearer an impressive, walrus-like appearance.