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The Warmest Clothing in the World

The Inuit live in one of the world's most extreme environments - the Arctic - and their clothing has been essential to their survival.

"Annuraaq" is the Inuktitut word (meaning "an article of clothing") for the traditional skin garments.

Traditional Inuit dress for both men and women is made of skins and furs and consists of watertight boots, double-layer trousers, and the parka (a tight-fitting double-layer pullover jacket with a hood). In the past, sinew thread and bone needles were used to sew the skins into warm and watertight clothing.

The edge of the hood is usually finished with a fringe of fur from animals such as the wolf or wolverine. The glossy hairs of those furs allow ice or snow to be easily shaken away, and it helps to seal the openings around the face. An enlarged hood also forms a convenient cradle for nursing infants.

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