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The parka was born in Canada, where it used to be made from caribou or seal. The Caribou Inuit in the Canadian Arctic invented the parka to keep warm and protect themselves from the wind and dampness when hunting and kayaking. It wasn’t unusual for some of the Inuit parkas to be periodically coated with fish oil in order to preserve the water resistance.
The original parka in the eastern Arctic of Canada is the amauti. The amauti was designed so that it could hold a baby against the parent’s body and use the body heat to shield the child from cold, wind and frostbite. It was originally the mother who would wear the amauti, however later on also fathers began to wear it.
Traditionally, the amauti is made from a range of products consisting of sealskin, caribou or – when severe warmth is not required – duffle (a thick woolen fabric) with a windproof outer shell. For thousands of years, children have actually been carried in the hood on the back of amautiit– a custom that continues in the eastern Arctic neighborhoods of Nunavut and Nunavik today. The amauti is likewise seen in the Northwest Territories, Greenland, Labrador and Alaska.
In the south Baffin custom, a male who wears an amauti is said to be more successful when hunting for particular species of animals in the following hunting period.
As clothing products and production strategies progressed in the 1900s, the parka designs advanced rapidly. Makers started to produce parkas that could be delivered easily to remote areas. Synthetic materials were created and utilized to shield versus wetness, wind and cold. The Canadian military began to provide parkas to service individuals in northern climates. Helicopter pilots, researchers, and international film crews also began to embrace the parka as an essential tool for survival while working in Canada.
As the parka ended up being more prevalent, style changes emerged and the amauti-styled pullover parka became nearly outdated. As consumers embraced the parka en masse, an open front to the jacket became the norm. Need increased and parka designs continued to diversify. While bush pilots in Canada’s north required large, heavy jackets with dedicated gun holster pockets, women in Toronto looked for a lighter, more flattering fit. Manufacturers took notice.
Today parkas are offered with a great degree of diversification in style and functionality. They range from light pieces used in the dry, urban winter season to parkas that protect the Canadian Rangers in Nunavut from severe wet and cold.
Possibly the best-known modern-day parkas are those made by Canada Goose, a Canadian-owned company that has actually designed parkas for over fifty years. Canada Goose parkas are admired as the warmest coats on Earth by mountain climbers and Antarctic researchers who remain to trust Canada Goose to shield them from dangerous temperature levels that surround them.
Canadians are experts when it comes to cold weather – it’s a part of what they are. They share their whole lives with it, fight with it and even enjoy its challenges.
Canada Goose has been producing original cold weather gear in Canada since 1957. The products gets tested in North America too, as the best judges of the quality of jackets and parkas created to withstand the most extreme temperatures are only the people who work and live in them. These includes the Canadian Arctic Rangers – police forces working in sub-zero temperatures -, US National Science Foundation researchers based in Antarctica, oil rig workers and even Arctic Air pilots.
In 2007 Canada Goose welcomed two traditional Inuit sewers from Baffin Island to share Inuit knowledge with Canada Goose designers.
Meeka Atagootak and Rebecca Kiliktee led Canada Goose through an interesting learning experience. Initially they clarified why they demanded reflective strips around the coat (eight months of the year are spent in overall darkness– and it is very important that snow-mobiles have the ability to see you) and why they desired fleece on the inside of a zipper. They then showed their hosts why zippers were not used on the full length of the coat and why the shell of the parka ought to be removable. In the end Meeka and Rebecca assisted to create the Baffin Anorak– a one-of-a-kind, truly Canadian parka.
Shell – 195 gm. Arctic Tech 85% Polyester/15% Cotton
625 fill power White Duck down
Removable Coyote fur ruff surrounding an adjustable hood
Zip front with hook-and-loop flap
Four oversized flap pockets and two side entry hand pockets
Brand logo patch on left chest
Stylishly modern take on classic women’s parkas
Slim fit that’s tailored to fit close to the body
Insulated with 625 fill power white duck down
Microfiber rips top shell and lining
Snap back extended cuffs
Helly Tech PROTECTION
Waterproof, windproof and breathable
Exterior and interior pockets
Hood with zip off faux fur trim
Banded collar and integrated pocket flaps
Quilted thisnsulate insulation
Faux fur collar
Gros grain ribbons
Rib knit collar and storm cuffs
Jacket-Type: winter coat
Water repellent 100% nylon flight satin outershell
Adjustabe hood with take-up strap and tunneled drawstrings
Full-length front storm flap
Sherpa-lined upper half, lined lower half and sleeves
Women?s jacket woven
Omni-Heat thermal reflective and insulated
Omni-Shield advanced repellency
2-way center front zipper