Reindeer Skin Parka
Humans have been using animal skin in arctic regions for hundreds of years. Due to the fact it’s the only thing that withstands the extreme winter temperatures. The Reindeer Skin Parka is a unique item of clothing, very few people worldwide own one. The art of making the Reindeer Skin Parka is fading away, thus making Wild Spirit Bushcraft one of only a handful of company’s worldwide that hand make and sell them to the public.
For this reason, the coat is made from reindeer calf skins only. We buy the skins off the Sami Reindeer herders, here in Jämtland Sweden. Sami Laplanders who have also depended on reindeer herding and fishing for centuries. As a result, it supports them indirectly, which contributors to the sustainability of indigenous peoples.
Furthermore, Northern peoples have depended on Reindeer/caribou for food, clothing, and shelter. Subsequently, hunting wild reindeer and herding of semi-domesticated reindeer is important to arctic peoples. Our village of Ottsjö regularly have herds of reindeer roaming through at certain months of the year. Because they’re laid back nature, the animals graze quietly. Enabling you sometimes to get quite close to them.
In addition, the Parka can withstand temperatures as low as minus -50 degrees Celsius. For this reason, the Parka is perfect for any arctic expeditions. Besides the coat being warm, it is also surprisingly light, around 1.5 -2 kg. In contrast, even the basic Parkas will out surpass any Canada Goose, for less.
Reindeer Skin Parkas can be made to order.
Basic Parka start from 18500 SEK
Detailed Parka up to 40000 SEK
Furthermore, we make a basic parka’s to a more detailed intricate design. Although the price can depend on the size. To clarify, if your XXL extra-large, then more skins are required, affecting the price.
- Any Coloured lining can be chosen, for the lining.
- Fur Ruff is extra. Can be chosen within reason. Coyote, rabbit, fox, etc
- We need a deposit of 5000 Swedish Kr to make an order.
- Payment in full when the coat is finished.
- Regular contact and updates along with Images of the coat on completion sent.
- Coats are hand made.
- Parkas are made to measure.
- Measurements are required.
- All measurements have to be accurate
- Parkas usually take a month to make.
- Does not include P&P
The Reindeer Skin Parka Course
Places: minimum of 1 to 10
- Introduction into the skills
- Traditional methods of making fur clothing.
- Learning about reindeer skins,
- Equipment and Materials including reindeer skins
- Methods and techniques.
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.
Course times: 10:00 – 5pm daily
Duration: 5-day Full board
Price: 30500 SEK includes the Basic Parka
Price above does not reflect a detailed parka
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.
Consequently, due to Covid-19 we should be able to make your parka within a month. Ordinarily, given that we run a sleddog company in the winter, time could exceed this time frame.