Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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child's parka
  • Greenland Inuit peoples
  • child's parka, mid 1800s–1895
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • seal intestine, yarn, sinew, braiding
  • Object Height/Width: 68 x 111 cm width is right elbow to left wrist
    Object Height/Width: 26 3/4 x 43 11/16 in width is right elbow to left wrist
  • Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1388

The hoodless parka is made from strips of seal intestine sewn horizontally. A special stitch is used to make the garment waterproof. Drawstrings of braided sinew close the neck, each wrist, and waist. Small bits of yarn are sewn into some seams.