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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection

 

Parka

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Accession no.: N: 226
Title: Parka
Description: Parka, used in kayak. Tunumiit (East Greenlanders). Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), Kalaallit Nunaata Tunua (East Greenland), 1931.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Tunumiit
Former cultural affiliation East Greenlanders
Cultural subgroup ammassalimmiut
Current place name Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu > Tasiilaq
Former place name East Greenland > Ammassalik (Angmassalik)
Getty AAT Parkas
Field collection:
Person Cozens, Henry Iliffe >
Organisation British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31 >
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu (East Greenland) > Tasiilaq (Ammassalik, Angmassalik)
Date 1930
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Thigh-length with attached hood, made from dark brown dehaired seal skin. Front is made from a single piece which extends part way down each arm and over each shoulder to the upper back. Back and hood are made from basically one main piece which forms a U-shaped extension at the front under the chin. An additional rectangular piece of same is sewn to the top of the hood; an additional triangular piece is sewn to each side at bottom edge. Overlapping seams are secured with two parallel rows of running stitch. Edge of skin around face opening is turned to the interior to form a casing. Dehaired seal skin thong is threaded through casing emerging through holes at each side. Ends of both thongs are threaded through holes in figure-8 shaped ivory button. Each thong terminates in an ivory toggle which is circumscribed with two ridges and carved with a knob at one end. Thong is secured to toggle with a metal rivet. Full-length sleeves are each made from a single piece of dark brown dehaired seal skin seamed along upper arm. Ends of sleeves are turned to the interior to form a casing through which a string cord is threaded. Bottom edge is turned to the interior to form a casing. Dehaired seal skin thong is threaded through casing emerging through hole at centre front. Thong is threaded and tied through rectangular hole in ivory button. Structural sewing is with sinew and thread. Holes in skin are patched on interior with dark brown dehaired seal skin.

Dimensions:
  • Width: 1410mm (sleeves extended), length: 1040mm (excluding thong)
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