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ExhibitionMemorable Shoes

KAMIKS OF THE INUIT
HUNTING SEAL & CARIBOU
PROTECTIVE CLOTHING OF SEAL SKIN & CARIBOU SKIN
PROTECTIVE LAYERS OF FOOTWEAR
MAKING KAMIKS
PATTERNS & STYLES
DECORATING KAMIKS
SEWING & DECORATING TECHNIQUES
MOCCASINS OF THE FIRST NATIONS
CHANGING STYLES - THE ROLE OF TRADE & VOYAGEURS
SHOES FOR A NEW LAND
SHOES MADE IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
Iglulingmiut boots
Iglulingmiut boots
Decorating Kamiks

Boots with intricate design, such as this pair made by Martha Naqitarvik of Arctic Bay, demonstrate superb workmanship. By looking at the boot turned inside out, you can appreciate the complexity of the "Imagination" design.

How is the design done?

"The decorative design is cut out of stiff cardboard and then traced onto the back of the skin. The hair direction of the inset has to match the rest of the skin to look nice. A seam allowance is also added."
Morty Iqqasaq, Arctic Bay, 1995

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