Jan 20 2014
Thought I’d share some developments on my full winter clothing.
I found I very rarely would need two layers of reindeer fur, so I decided to turn my inner coat into an outer coat. Very few modifications were made, but a collar with the fur turning inward were added around the neck to reduce draft.
The coat is wild reindeer body fur. The hat wild reindeer belly fur. Early autumn killed. Around my neck there is a fox-tail fur collar.
The outer mittens are bark tanned reindeer skin. The inner mittens; cropped winter fur of domesticated reindeer.
Under the leggings, I’m wearing trousers of moose buckskin. The leggings are of cropped winter fur of domesticated reindeer.
The shoes were originally made as stockings out of cropped winter fur of domesticated reindeer, fur turned inwards. They work pretty well as shoes on their own, but I don’t like wearing hairless skin towards the snow, as the moisture absorbs so easily. New winter shoes of leg skins are in the works.
Additionally I’m going to make a light inner parka out of fox, marten and feral cat skins. And I’ll make a kilt, loincloth or breechcloth to wear with the fur leggings, possibly without the buckskin trousers. The inner mittens are becoming worn out so I probably have to make new ones soon and leg skin outer mittens is an additional priority.
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