THE ARCTIC PARKA COURSE
Making the Arctic Parka is a dying art. Wild Spirit Bushcraft is one of, only a hand full of individuals companies that sell them and who even teach this skill. Humans have been using animal skin in arctic regions for hundreds of years. Due to the fact it’s the only thing that withstand the extreme winter temperatures.
The Parka is a unique item of clothing, very few people even own one. The coat is made from reindeer calf skins, which is another reason why they are extremely soft, perfect for making clothes. We buy the skins off the Sami Reindeer herders, here in Jämtland Sweden, which supports them indirectly. The Arctic Parka can withstand temperatures as low as minus -60 degrees. By comparison however, modern man made fibers are easily out performed. Making the Parka perfect for Arctic Expeditions, Iditarod, Polar research etc. Besides the coat being warm, it is also surprisingly light, around 1.5 -2 kg.
As an example, northern peoples have depended on Reindeer/caribou for food, clothing, and shelter. Subsequently hunting wild reindeer and herding of semi-domesticated reindeer are important to arctic peoples Such as the Sami. Laplanders have also depended on reindeer herding and fishing for centuries. Our village of Ottsjö regularly have herds of reindeer roaming through at certain months of the year, they are quite a laid back animal.That just graze quietly. Enabling you sometimes to get quite close to them.
THE ARCTIC PARKA COURSE
Wild Spirit Bushcraft offer applicants a unique course opportunity to hand make their own Parka. Additionally time will be spent discussing all the techniques involved when making this beautiful garment. For those with no previous sewing knowledge, help will be given, along with all equipment needed to complete one.
The 5 day course will be held in Jämtland Sweden, at Ottsjö Fjäll Hotell which is situated in the Beautiful wilderness village of Ottsjö. Options include, full board or self catering.
Places available: 10
Introduction into the skills
Traditional methods of making inuit clothing.
Learning about reindeer skins,
Equipment and Materials including reindeer skins
Methods and techniques.
Course times: 10:00am – 5pm daily
Price : 5 day Full board
5 day self catering
For more information or to book please email firstname.lastname@example.org