J.IIC-CG VOLUME 16 (1991)

The Conservation Treatment of Three Gutskin Parkas

Heather Dumka

The conservation of three Alaskan gutskin parkas is described. One of the parkas was washed and all three parkas were reshaped by temporarily relaxing the gut with water. Two of the parkas had tears and were repaired using patches made from natural hog sausage casings. Although dry gut can be quite brittle, the addition of a lubricant or humectant would change the nature of the parkas which were never supple. Storage containers were made for their safe handling and storage.

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