Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Packing Dolls, textile sculptures from Nunavut

Taluq Designs is a thriving business located in Taloyoak, a tiny community high above the Arctic Circle. From this highly artistic community comes a strong group of women who take great pride in creating products based on ancient Inuit traditions.

In the mid-1970’s, a group of Inuit women in Taloyoak formed an organization to market and sell their cultural, textile sculptures known as "packing dolls". Taluq Designs was established in 1995 and allowed these women to further develop their business for these locally hand-made collectables. They have since expanded their retail line to include other unique Northern inspired wool duffel and plush products, such as the packing Polar Bear designed by renowned doll maker Peeteedootie Ugyuk.

Each wool-duffel packing doll is dressed in a hand-embroidered duffel 'amauti' (parka) with a baby carried in the traditional style - tucked into the space between the wearer's back and the parka. The respective artist signs each packing doll in Inuktitut syllabics.

Source : Taluq Design