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We used to wear these shirts during holidays and competitions, on top of all our other clothes. They are made from reindeer skins, and made really well, very soft. This one has leather that’s been dyed, but there are all sorts of different ornamentation that you can use.

—Vladimir Etylin, 2004

This Even shirt is made of soft-tanned reindeer hide, ornamented with contrasting strips of dyed leather and piping of red wool. The shirts are worn for holidays and competitions that include reindeer racing.

Culture: Eastern Siberian
Region: Northeast Siberia
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Tunic
Dimensions: Length 98cm
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 245958.000