The parka, a critical piece of clothing in the Arctic, was often made of seal skin or caribou. Women’s parkas were made slightly larger than men’s with a pouch on the back so that the mother could carry a baby on her back under her parka. The hoods were also larger so that air could move around the baby and broader shoulders allowed the child to be shifted to the front for breastfeeding without exposing it to the cold.
[Label text from "Art from the Arctic: Inuit Prints and Sculpture" (11/20/09-2/14/10) by Cynthia Culbert]
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This object was included in the following exhibitions: