Lizzie It­tin­uar

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - b. 1929 Kangiqliniq, NU

My grandma is Lizzie It­tin­uar. She is a well-known maker of amau­tiit (women’s parkas) and a beader. Her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion has re­ally in­spired me. Every time I visit her, she is work­ing. Bead­ing takes lots of time and pa­tience. Over the years, she has made quite a few tra­di­tional beaded amau­tiit which can take years to fin­ish. When I was in high school, I had no idea how to sew. I took a tra­di­tional sewing pro­gram taught by five el­ders in Iqaluit. I make more mod­ern parkas with seal­skin and I love us­ing the amauti-style hem; it is so fem­i­nine and tra­di­tional. Ev­ery­body loves it! I also put a lot of em­broi­dery on my coats, which is in­spired by my grand­mother. I looked at her bead­work and I won­dered what I could do with my coats. I don’t know how to bead, so I use em­broi­dery with flo­ral de­signs. I would love to learn bead­ing if I can ever find the time. My mother, Goretti Kakuk­tin­niq, is also an im­por­tant in­flu­ence. For as long as I can re­mem­ber, my mother made our cloth­ing, mitts and parkas. She also uses a lot of em­broi­dery and seal­skin, and I love hav­ing those tra­di­tional el­e­ments in­cor­po­rated into my de­signs.

Lizzie It­tin­uar Beaded Amauti c. 1970s Cot­ton, wool, beads, coins and lead 163.8 × 109.9 × 10.2 cm COUR­TESY PEARY-MACMILLAN ARC­TIC MU­SEUM & ARC­TIC STUD­IES CEN­TER, BOWDOIN COL­LEGE

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