Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous part of our collection do I get to share today!
These are knee-high sealskin boots from Greenland, created sometime before 1950. They’re dyed a wonderful coral red, and decorated with a leather mosaic of miniature pieces of dyed leather. (We also have one solo boot of an identical style, dyed chocolate brown.) They’re meant to be worn with elaborate embroidered and lace-trimmed leggings and traditional short pants made of sealskin. Women used to wear boots like this all the time, but now they wear them only for festive/ceremonial occasions.
These were very fragile, so I didn’t take them out of the box when photographing them…but I would have loved to try these on!