Fishskin removed from a freshly caught fish and dried has very different properties from fishskin on a cooked fish.  The dried skin can be manually worked into a soft material with surprising strength and is a material which can be sewn.  Patterns can be cut out of sheets of fishskin, or a tube of skin can be used to construct dolls or mobiles.  Prehistorically the tubes were used as containers for sewing materials.
John Jamieson
Annesie Appaqaq

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