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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection




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Accession no.: N: 215
Title: Trousers
Description: Trousers, woman's, seal skin. Tunumiit (East Greenlanders). Kalaallit Nunaata Tunua (East Greenland), 1930-1931.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Tunumiit
Former cultural affiliation East Greenlanders
Current place name Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu
Former place name East Greenland
Gender female
Getty AAT Trousers
Field collection:
Person Cozens, Henry Iliffe >
Organisation British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31 >
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu > East Greenland
Date 1930
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Woman's. Back is 109 mm longer than front. Made from six main pieces of seal skin with the dark brown hair to the exterior. Additional smaller pieces of same are sewn to the bottom of the legs. Each side of front is decorated with a vertical panel 300 mm long and 125 mm wide. Panel consists of a central strip in a geometric mosaic of small pieces of white, red, blue, green, brown, and yellow dehaired skin in repeated diamond, cross and chevron motifs. Central panel is flanked by a 25 mm wide vertical strip of white fur (bear - from typed register). A vertical band (22 - 23 mm wide) of dehaired seal skin painted red borders each side and is attached horizontally across the bottom of the panel. 33 mm wide band of deharied seal skin painted red is attached to bottom of each leg. Dehaired seal skin, painted purple, is sewn to upper edge to form a double-layered 53 mm wide waist band. Structural sewing and applique are with sinew and cotton thread. Fabric label sewn to interior at back: "Cozens"

  • Width: 460mm, length: 499mm
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