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©Leoboudv. This Inunait or Inuit parka/anorak is typical of an Inuit woman's parka from the early 1900s and was made from the thin skins of summer caribou (the summer skin is short, mostly consisting of tight underwool). The parka has 2 extra layers to provide additional warmth to its user. It is today part of the permanent collection of the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada.
✿ This portrait of an Inuit man wearing a fur jacket with hood was most likely taken at the beginning of the 20th century. Traditional Inuit clothing is made from animal skins. Large thick warm coats with big hoods called parkas are worn as an outer layer. ~ Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Photograph by Cann Studio, Inc., Fairbanks, Alaska ✿
Inuit amauti or tuilli (woman’s parka) ca. 1890–1925 Iqluligaarjuk (Chesterfield Inlet), Nunavut, Canada Parka: caribou skin, glass beads, stroud cloth, caribou teeth, and metal pendants; needlecase: ivory, seal hide; carrying strap with toggles: caribou hide, ivory
Parkas Today's ski jackets owe their origins in part to hooded coats Inuit [Eskimo] women fashioned from layers of skins that trapped air for greater insulation. Many parkas were made from caribou, a fur favored for its heat-holding properties.
1910-1914 Inuit (First Nations) Boy's parka and pants at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto - From the curators' comments: "The Inuit seamstress has used the natural colouring and patterns of the ringed sealskin to pleasing effect. The front and back sections of the parka are each made of one skin. The dark colouring of the seal's back forms the parka's front and back sections which fade to the lighter stomach colouring on the sides."