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  • Pair of white reindeer leg boots with felted wool liners.
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These boots from the Anar Saami of Finland are crafted from the white leg fur of a reindeer. This style, worn by both men and women at weddings, features the characteristic curled toe of Saami footwear. This pair was made for a man and is decorated with multi-coloured yarn pompoms.

White reindeer fur boots
Anar, Finland, c. 1990
BSM P00.19

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Saami

The Saami homeland extends across Norway, Sweden, Finland and into Russia. Saami costume varies from region to region but is uniform in its brightly hued garments and distinctly curled-toe boots of reindeer skin. For many Saami, traditional wedding costumes included white reindeer fur boots for both the bride and groom.