A pre-American style

During out time here in Alaska, Tara and I have both been fortunate enough to travel outside the major city centers and get a look at some of the more remote corners of the state, though Tara's trip to Huslia was far more remote than my 737 flight to Barrow. While on our respective journeys, we both noted that when it came to women's fashion, flower-prints are queen. Typically, the colorful prints are found on Kuspuks, a type of shirt that predates European expansion into Alaska. They almost look like dresses, and are affixed with a hood to keep the wind off the ears. However, the flower print dates back to the first contact Arctic natives had with Russian traders in the 1800s. The colorful cloth was highly sought after and applied to the old Kuspuk design. That combination of traditional and Russian design continues on to this day throughout the predominantly native parts of Northern Alaska--every woman Tara saw in Huslia was wearing one. Though our eyes couldn't pick it out, the trim, we're told, is also often significant and layered with symbols that denote what family the person belongs to. Globalism, in flower print and fringe.   

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