What Did the Inuit Wear?

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The Inuit people wore clothing made from various animal skins and furs. The most common animal skin used to make their clothes was caribou, as it provided the most insulation. Dog, squirrel, marmot, fox, wolf, polar bear, bird and seal skins were used as well.

Members of the Inuit society normally wore two layers of clothing. The inner layer of clothing was made with the fur facing in to provide warmth, and the outer layer was made with the fur facing out. During the winter, they also wore fur coats, called parkas, and mittens. Men and women wore similar clothing.