I am the proud owner of two pairs of sealskin moccasins or slippers as well as other sealskin products. Some people have seen me wearing the slippers at the Confederation Building over the past number of weeks. Santa did bring me a pair.
If you would like to get your own pair, GNP Craft Producers in Shoal Cove East on the Great Northern Peninsula can take your order over the telephone and ship your product. Visit their site at http://www.gnpcraft.com. Their prices range from $115-130 a pair depending on size. They also have children’s sizes and a variety of other products.
All items are locally made, by local people. This social enterprise continues to train and pass on the long-lived traditional skills of making sealskin clothing and boots. They have their own tannery, workshop and storefront.
Support local business, local traditions – let’s create larger local demand for sealskin products!
Live Rural NL –Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North
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There is snow on the ground and a crisp chill in the air – already this season appears to be one that promises a more traditional Christmas season. As the weather becomes colder, I ponder if I should purchase a warm pair of sealskin slippers made by local artisans?
I remember one year for Christmas receiving a pair that would be much to small for my now adult-size feet. They were incredibly warm and completely comfortable, conforming to ones feet.
My father was a fishermen and a sealer. He took great pride in preparing the sealskin, barking them in the water, lacing them in frames, soaking them in “Skin” Pond and letting them tan to perfection before using a pattern to prepare the sealskin leather. A local woman from Green Island Brook, would make our boots. She has been doing it now for more than 7 decades. There is a natural process that is followed that is part of our living heritage on the Great Northern Peninsula.
If you would like to purchase sealskin products that are 100% handcrafted and made by local artisans visit www.gnpcrafts.ca. They have an array of product for those of you that would like to also experience rural Newfoundland & Labrador.
I will most likely pay a visit to GNP Crafts in the near future as sealskin slippers will surely keep my toes nice and snug when we hit -40 degrees C.
Live Rural NL –Christopher C. Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North
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