Bleached Skin Kamiks
Bleached skins are made into special occasion boots or for cold dry weather. Historically this was done by staking skins out in a shady place in early winter and leaving them until early spring. Contemporary seamstresses use an aged skin that is frozen on a stretching frame and then hung outdoors in cold sunny spring weather. The cold weather, sunlight and blowing snow all work together to bleach out any colour. Soaking the skin in urine for two or three days also helps in the bleaching process.