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Stretched seal skin

Stretched seal skin

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Uploaded 21 Feb 2011 by Lawrence Hislop
Year: 2010
From collection: Arctic Biodiversity
Taken by: Lawrence Hislop
Seal skin is lightweight and water resistant and has been used for centuries by Inuits for the production of clothing and boots, called Kamiks. Young Ringed Seals are preferred for making boot legs, while the tougher skin of older seals is used for the soles. Once removed from the seal, skins must be treated immediately to have the fat and inner skin-layers removed with a traditional moon-shaped knife. Sealskins are then pegged to the ground or lashed to a wooden frame such as this for stret ...
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