Putting sexy back in sealskin: Nunavut seamstresses aim for high-end fashion market – CBC

Putting sexy back in sealskin: Nunavut seamstresses aim for high-end fashion market – CBC

The natural material is used in everything from lingerie to stilettos and sold via social media

“Sewing a brassiere out of sealskin wasn’t Nala Peter’s idea. She wants to emphasize that. It was her late partner’s suggestion.

“I started laughing and I said, ‘No!’ But I went ahead and I made one — and I posted it.”

The sealskin bra racked up hundreds of likes on Facebook and quickly sold for $150.That’s how Peter got into the business of sealskin lingerie, making bras, corsets, tank tops, even G-string panties.

Not the kind of clothing her mother used to make — kamiik (sealskin boots) or atigi (parka), meticulously sewn from skins that she chewed for ages to make them soft. But much like her mom, Peter sews for survival.”

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