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Alaska - Beaded sealskin moccasin with arctic fox trimming

The Alaskan arctic population consists mainly of Inuit Inuvialuit, Inupiat and Yuit Eskimoan peoples. Skin footwear protects them well when they travel and hunt on the land. Footwaer is made of cloth, caribou, seal or other skin with hard or soft soles. The Inuvialuit mocassin shown above has a sealskin upper trimmed with arctic fox and is sewn to a hard, pre-formed, sun-bleached, boat-shaped, pleated sealskin sole. The beadwork on the vamp has a floral pattern enhancing the overall look. Sewing was done on the upper part with dried caribou sinew. To attach the sole to the upper, the stronger and longer narwhal sinew was used.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland