Woman’s outer parka - ROM2009_11088_4

ROM2009_11088_4

Woman’s outer parka

Maker: Nunavimiut
Medium:Furred sealskin
Geography: Eastern Hudson Bay, Quebec, Canada
Date: early 20th century
Dimensions:
172 x 79 x 31 cm
Object number: HC2352
Credit Line: Gift of Sir William Mackenzie; The Robert J. Flaherty Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionIn extremely cold temperatures, a build-up of perspiration that soaks clothing can be fatal. Wet wool, for instance, loses its insulation properties and as it becomes wetter and difficult to dry, it can turn into a shroud of ice. Fur is formed of keratin, a substance that does not absorb moisture. On fur, condensed moisture forms as ice crystals which can then be beaten off.
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