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Grass socks

alliqsiik “pair of twined grass boot liners”
Язык: Central Yup'ik

Alliqsaq are worn over your socks. I learned how to make this kind. Makut iitaugut, taperrnaunritut (These are tall cotton grass, not beach grass). They know how to collect the grass in fall and summertime. They put it away for the wintertime, when the snow comes. That’s the time they take it out and work with it.

—Neva Rivers, 2002

Men and women wore warm grass socks and foot pads inside their skin boots, and at the end of each day hung them up to dry over the seal oil lamp. Tall cotton grass, which grows around ponds and in wet tundra areas, is used for making socks. It is softer than the coarse beach grass used for baskets and can be wetted and dried over and over without breaking. In the past, women gathered large quantities of cotton grass in the fall, using large uluat (women’s knives) to cut the stems.

Культура: Yup’ik
Регион: Southwest Alaska
Категрия предмета: Clothing
Размеры: длина 33cm
Дата поступления: 1910
Источник: U.S. Department of Interior (donor)
Музей: Национальный музей естественной истории
Идентификационный номер музея: E260721