Yup’ik Eskimo (Inuit) waterproof coat
Early 20th century
Seal gut, sealskin
Height: 44 in. – 110 cm
Ex Galerie Flak, Paris, 2010
Ex private collection
Ex Sotheby’s Paris, Now !, 27 February 2019, lot 262
Ex private collection, France, acquired at the auction above
Exhibited and published
« A la découverte de la culture Inuit », Centre d’art la Malmaison, Cannes, January-February 2017, p.15
To make a waterproof parka, the Inuit seamstress cuts the intestines into the required lengths and sews it aligned vertically or horizontally according to function or locale. She uses a waterproof stitch that does not penetrate any part of the garment exposed to moisture.
The entire production of one sea mammal coat could take up to a month.
Aleut hunters and Kayaker with gut parkas.
Waldemar Jochelson, History ethnology and anthropology of the Aleut, 1909