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Mitten; liner

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Accession no.: N: 153a-d
Title: Mitten; liner
Description: Mittens and liners, one pair, man's, seal skin. Inughuit. Qaanaaq (Thule), Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua (North Greenland), 1937-1938.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Inughuit
Former cultural affiliation Polar Eskimo
Current place name Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua > Qaanaaq
Former place name North Greenland > Thule
Gender male
Getty AAT Mittens
Field collection:
Person hamilton
Organisation bae
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua (North Greenland) > Qaanaaq (Thule)
Date 1937
Number of items: 4
Full description:

a: One pair, man's, wrist-length. Each mitten (a,b) is made from basically three pieces of dehaired seal skin. One piece forms the back of the hand and is turned over the sides and crimped around the ends of the fingers. A single piece of same forms the palm and underside of the thumb. A third piece forms the front of the wrist and top of the thumb. A rectangular strip of polar bear skin (42 mm wide on a; 37 mm side on b) with the fur to the interior is attached around the straight upper edge. Strip is made from 2 pieces on mitten a; three pieces on mitten b. Tie of dark brown dehaired seal skin is inserted into the seam on the back of the hand so that the mittens can be tied together when not in use (Holtved 1967:47). Structural sewing is with sinew. Liners (c,d) are made from light brown flannel in three piece construction. One piece forms the back of the hand; another the palm and underside of the thumb; and a third, the front of the wrist and top of the thumb. Seams are secured with beige thread and overlaid with red thread in overcast stitch. Tie of roughtly cut brown flannel is attached to upper edge of back with black thread. Upper edge unfinished.

b: One pair, man's, wrist-length. Each mitten (a,b) is made from basically three pieces of dehaired seal skin. One piece forms the back of the hand and is turned over the sides and crimped around the ends of the fingers. A single piece of same forms the palm and underside of the thumb. A third piece forms the front of the wrist and top of the thumb. A rectangular strip of polar bear skin (42 mm wide on a; 37 mm side on b) with the fur to the interior is attached around the straight upper edge. Strip is made from 2 pieces on mitten a; three pieces on mitten b. Tie of dark brown dehaired seal skin is inserted into the seam on the back of the hand so that the mittens can be tied together when not in use (Holtved 1967:47). Structural sewing is with sinew. Liners (c,d) are made from light brown flannel in three piece construction. One piece forms the back of the hand; another the palm and underside of the thumb; and a third, the front of the wrist and top of the thumb. Seams are secured with beige thread and overlaid with red thread in overcast stitch. Tie of roughtly cut brown flannel is attached to upper edge of back with black thread. Upper edge unfinished.

c: One pair, man's, wrist-length. Each mitten (a,b) is made from basically three pieces of dehaired seal skin. One piece forms the back of the hand and is turned over the sides and crimped around the ends of the fingers. A single piece of same forms the palm and underside of the thumb. A third piece forms the front of the wrist and top of the thumb. A rectangular strip of polar bear skin (42 mm wide on a; 37 mm side on b) with the fur to the interior is attached around the straight upper edge. Strip is made from 2 pieces on mitten a; three pieces on mitten b. Tie of dark brown dehaired seal skin is inserted into the seam on the back of the hand so that the mittens can be tied together when not in use (Holtved 1967:47). Structural sewing is with sinew. Liners (c,d) are made from light brown flannel in three piece construction. One piece forms the back of the hand; another the palm and underside of the thumb; and a third, the front of the wrist and top of the thumb. Seams are secured with beige thread and overlaid with red thread in overcast stitch. Tie of roughtly cut brown flannel is attached to upper edge of back with black thread. Upper edge unfinished.

d: One pair, man's, wrist-length. Each mitten (a,b) is made from basically three pieces of dehaired seal skin. One piece forms the back of the hand and is turned over the sides and crimped around the ends of the fingers. A single piece of same forms the palm and underside of the thumb. A third piece forms the front of the wrist and top of the thumb. A rectangular strip of polar bear skin (42 mm wide on a; 37 mm side on b) with the fur to the interior is attached around the straight upper edge. Strip is made from 2 pieces on mitten a; three pieces on mitten b. Tie of dark brown dehaired seal skin is inserted into the seam on the back of the hand so that the mittens can be tied together when not in use (Holtved 1967:47). Structural sewing is with sinew. Liners (c,d) are made from light brown flannel in three piece construction. One piece forms the back of the hand; another the palm and underside of the thumb; and a third, the front of the wrist and top of the thumb. Seams are secured with beige thread and overlaid with red thread in overcast stitch. Tie of roughtly cut brown flannel is attached to upper edge of back with black thread. Upper edge unfinished.

Dimensions:
  • a: Width: 150mm, length: 290mm
  • b: Width: 140mm, length: 290mm
  • c: Width: 177mm, length: 250mm (without tie)
  • d: Width: 177mm, length: 243mm (without tie)
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