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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection




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Accession no.: N: 181
Title: Trousers
Description: Trousers for men, seal skin. Tunumiit (East Greenlanders). Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), Kalaallit Nunaata Tunua (East Greenland), 1931.
Classified name:
Cultural affiliation Ammassalimmiut (Ammassalik Inuit; Angmagssalik Eskimo)
Geographic area Denmark > Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) > Sermersooq > Tasiilaq (Ammassalik)
Getty AAT Trousers
Field collection:
Person Riley, Quintin Theodore Petroc Molesworth >
Date 1931
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu (East Greenland) > Tasiilaq (Ammassalik, Angmassalik)
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Man's. Full-length extending from waist to ankles. Made from seal skin (fjord - from label) with the hair to the exterior. Back is longer than front. Each side of front is made from a single piece; back is made from two main pieces. Additional triangular pieces of same are sewn to centre front, centre back and bottom of each leg. Front forms a flap which overlaps two additional pieces that are sewn to back. Two circular light brown 4-hole buttons, attached vertically along centre front opening with black cotton thread, correspond to buttonholes for closure. A hole at each upper edge of front extension corresponds to similar buttons. Rectangular strip of haired seal skin is attached around upper edge to form a 35 mm wide band which is turned to the interior for 20 mm. Two additional light brown buttons are sewn to band at each side; two tortoise-shell coloured buttons are sewn to band at centre back. Pocket of unbleached cotton fabric is sewn to interior on each side. Square edge of front and bottom of each leg is bound with strip of dehaired dark brown seal skin. Structural sewing is by hand and machine (pockets) using sinew and cotton thread. Some holes repaired with sinew stitching.

  • Width: 415mm (waist), length: 1000mm
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