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Qiviut Smoke Ring

SMOKE RING QIVIUT MUSK OX COOP
SMOKE RING QIVIUT MUSK OX COOP
SMOKE RING QIVIUT MUSK OX COOP
SMOKE RING QIVIUT MUSK OX COOP
SMOKE RING QIVIUT MUSK OX COOP
$295.00
$295.00

This smoke ring qiviut is created from the rare underwool of the musk oxen. It is the product of a unique arctic home industry. Derived from native art, this design is knitted in traditional line 100% Qiviut and in natural color. It is handknitted by members of "Oomingmak" Musk Ox Producers' Co-operative. 

This item is called a "nachaq", which means hat or hood in the Eskimo language. The nachaq, also known as the smoke ring, is a seamless, tubular garment that may be worn around the head as a hood or worn about the neck as a decorative accessory to any outfit, functional and dressy.

  • Bethel's Parka trim pattern Nachaq

Bethel's Parka trim pattern Nachaq is from Bethel, the hub of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and Quinhagak comes the Parka Decoration pattern. Variations of this pattern are often found on trim of parkas and kuspuks.

The Parka trim pattern is arctic handknitted by Margaret S Beauer in the village pattern of Bethel. 

  • Mekoryuk's Paneled Harpoon pattern Nachaq

The original Nachaq design is the Paneled Harpoon pattern from Mekoryuk, on Nunivak Island. This pattern, derived from a 1200-year-old ivory harpoon head, is alternated with a row of solid knitting.

The harpoon panel arctic handknitted by Monica Wesley in the village pattern of Mekoryuk.

  • Nelson Island's Diamond pattern Nachaq

The Nelson Island Diamond pattern is knitted by members from Nightmute, Tununak, Newtok, and Toksook Bay, a cluster of small villages near the coast of Kangirlvar Bay. This pattern was derived from designs found on parka and kuspuk trims.

More about Qiviut:

Qiviut (pronounced "kiv-ee-ute"), the downy-soft underwool from the Arctic musk ox, is shed naturally each year during the spring months. Eight times warmer than wool and extraordinarily lightweight, Qiviut is one of the finest natural fibers known to man.

The scarves made by the knitters are as comfortable to wear on cool days in a warm climate as they are in chilly weather. Unlike wool, Qiviut is not scratchy and will not shrink in any temperature of the water. It can be hand-washed in any mild detergent and will last for many years.

 

ISBN/SKU: 
49172622001
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