pa146356, Mark Kallauk Collection, Nunavut Department of Education Curriculum and School Services.

Smiling woman

Smiling woman.

Winter clothing, such as this woman’s amauti, became worn soft and were very comfortable and pliable. Women would not be able to replace clothing until the summer when suitable skins were available. Clothing was patched when needed so that it would last.


Caribou skins clothing that became wet would need to be carefully dried and stretched and often chewed in order to regain its shape. If it was dried too quickly or without being worked, it would shrink and become hard.