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4. Art & Innovation

4. Art & Innovation

At the top of the world, the Arctic spans over fourteen million square kilometers and includes eight countries. The challenging landscapes of this circumpolar expanse seem harsh and inhospitable, yet the region is home to over forty distinct culture groups who have thrived there for centuries, creating brilliantly beautiful and diverse solutions to meet these challenges. Among the most innovative is the footwear and clothing created by Arctic women whose ingenuity is reflected in the remarkable variety of garments made; a variety that reflects both environmental as well as cultural needs. Drawing from the Bata Shoe Museum’s extensive circumpolar holdings and building upon information gathered during the Museum-sponsored field research trips to all of the Arctic nations, this exhibition offers highlights from the collection that celebrate the diversity and beauty of traditional Arctic attire.