Men’s summer kamleika (raingear), prior to 1843
Men’s summer kamleika (raingear), prior to 1843
МАЭ № 2913-13
Men’s summer kamleika (raingear)
prior to 1843
I.G. Voznesenskii's expedition
sealskin, seal intestine, sinew, gullet of a sea lion, paint
length 153 cm, width with sleeves 178 cm, width at the hem 96 cm, width of the cuff 15.5 cm
“Kamleikas are made from the intestines of sea lions, seals, and bears and from the throats of these animals.” “Kamleikas are also sewn from whale intestines and from skin peeled from the tongues and livers of these animals but only when the whale has just been pulled fresh from the sea.” “In all these garments the intestines are sewing horizontally in long strips and because of this they are called gut kamleikas, and those made from throats are called throat kamleikas.” “A kamleika is most necessary for an islander because, above all, it must protect him from rain and a Koniag could not travel in a kayak without it. When a garment is finished they tie up the sleeves and pour water into it and if no water escapes it is a good kamleika. If there’s a storm in clear weather which would require the Koniag to put one on, he would sprinkle water on it in advance in order to keep it from cracking in the sun. The kamleika, as previously mentioned, are decorated with tassels of red and green thread and tufts of goat and caribou hair. Some have trim around the hem and sleeves made of colored leather resembling ribbon.” (Davydov 1812: 14—16).
Ethnography of America