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Learning the Disappearing Art of Black-bottomed Sealskin Boots

Inuit Art Foundation | November 03, 2021

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Nunatsiavut black-bottomed sealskin boots are a traditional style that involves unique stitching techniques and a detailed and laborious process. The meticulous effort that is put into making these boots yields a rewarding result: beautiful, comfortable and waterproof boots that can withstand the harshest winters and wettest conditions. Despite this, not many know how to make black-bottomed sealskin boots these days, except for a few who strive to keep passing on the knowledge. 

Artist Andrea Flowers (1934–2019), taught her granddaughters, Vanessa Flowers and Veronica Flowers, how to make the traditional boots, an experience that the two young artists hold near to their hearts. The IAQ spoke with Vanessa and Veronica to learn more about making the black-bottomed sealskin boots and how their grandmother taught them.

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