Traditional Inuit clothing was made from hides, most commonly caribou or, as here, seal skin. Caribou skin is a slightly warmer material, but seal skin is more water resistant. If you are likely to be working around water, therefore, seal skin clothing offers more protection from the elements (and may be easier to source). The animals are hunted and skinned, the hides brought back to the settlement for the women to prepare. They are stripped of flesh and fat and then soaked in a mixture of blood and urine before being stretched in the open and cured.

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