Tuesday, 30 October 2012

From National Geographic

Maybe my leaky chillcheater breeks aren't so bad.

Sitting in a Nome, Alaska, photo studio in the early 1900s, an Eskimo man models a parka fashioned of walrus intestine. Impermeable when wet and easy to come by for the sea-focused people, the material was prepared by air curing, then sliced and sewn with a waterproof stitch—the same as used on watercraft, including the umiak (canoe) he’s holding. The jacket’s extra material at the hem functioned as a spray skirt when he was at sea.

Other innards also had uses: Bladders became water bags, guts got sewn together as sod-house windows, and stomachs could be stretched for tambourine drums.
— Johnna Rizzo"

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