Normally I would not expect to write a fashion post about a conference, but the fact that I am demonstrates the wide range of events and activities taking place in Montreal for the International Polar Year conference this week. Monday afternoon, while scientists, policy makers, educators and polar industry representatives mingled in the exhibition hall, the duo of Nunavik Creations sent one after another of their stunning pieces down the runway.
The region of Nunavik covers the land north of the 55th parallel in Quebec, and is therefore Quebec’s northernmost province. As the women behind Nunavik Creations suggest, the clothing they create is inspired by the harsh and beautiful climate of the tundra and taiga that they call home.
Their creations are a great example of how Inuit communities are adapting to a whole slew of changes, not just changes in climate. In the pieces they incorporate traditional designs and materials, such as fur and seal skin, but also include new fashion, textiles and accessories, to reflect a “culture in constant evolution.”
To learn more about Nunavik Creations, check out their website nunavikcreations.com.