skaller (Shoes)

About this object

History of use

Shoes are made by women. Boots and shoes are worn without stockings or any inner covering for the foot. Dried grass (Carex Vesicaria), which is gathered and prepared for the purpose, is put inside the boot to cover the whole foot, in order to provide insulation and to keep the feet dry. An extra coil of grass is carried to replace it if necessary.

Narrative

Mrs. Sims was 60 years old when this item was collected in about 1981.

Physical description

Light tan reindeer fur woman's boots made with moccasin construction and pointed, upturned toes. Trimmed with red and yellow wool felt. Four sets of brass eyelets laced at the ankle with twisted red and yellow fibre cord. Laces trimmed on the ends with red and yellow wool pompoms. Flat soles sewn on. Lined with red wool fabric.