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  • Photograph of Baffinland Inuit women wearing traditional caribou skin amauti and shaved seal skin boots.
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Women wearing traditional skin amauti and shaved seal skin boots. Cape Dorset, 1942.
Fleming/Northwest Territories Archives N79-050:0340

Baffinland Inuit

Kamiks of the Baffinland Inuit

Like most Inuit groups, the Baffinland Inuit make boots from haired and shaved seal skin as well as caribou leg skin. In addition, Baffinland Inuit sometimes make kamiks from aged, sun-bleached seal skin to produce a light yellowish coloured boot. These boots are best for cold but dry weather, and are often reserved for special occasions.

Baffinland seamstresses are well known for their tiny stitches, elaborate inlaid decorations, and fine, diffused pleats on the soles. The decoration on men's seal skin boots is typically a vertical band of geometric designs, while women's boots feature a horizontal design. Baffinland Inuit kamiks are worn over top of wool duffle liners that feature embroidered designs. Historically these liners would have been made from the skin of a caribou calf, with the hair worn inside against the wearer's skin.