To provide protection against the harsh arctic climate, Nunavimmiut made use of the natural resources that surrounded them, to provide, food, shelter, and clothing.
The women developed highly skilled techniques of constructing practical garments with materials such as caribou furs, sealskins, intestinal remains, thread made of dried tendons, and walrus ivory for needles. These clothing protected them in climates ranging from winter deep-freezing temperatures, to cool summers, and even rain.
Although the combination of settlement life and an introduction of new materials; such as wool and cotton textiles, the women adapted to these new materials and kept the traditional skills and knowledge that is still passed on to younger generations.
With the initiative of developing economic opportunities Inuit women in Nunavik have taken their skills to a new level of making Inuit styles. While keeping the integrity of traditional garment construction, women throughout the North develop pattern making and sewing with new computer generated technology. And with much exposure to world media, they have also adapted the traditions and incorporate the new fashion trends for the season.
Nunavik Creations’ in-house designer, Victoria Okpik is originally from Quaqtaq, Nunavik, she completed her degree in Fashion Design from Lasalle College. Her goal was to initiate a Clothing Project across Nunavik, which has evolved to what Nunavik Creations is today.
Throughout the years of Nunavik Creations existence, Inuit women from various communities in Nunavik are employed as seamstresses, designers, creative analyst, sample makers, pattern makers, and working in administrative roles.
The Inukjuak workshop manager, Mary Weetaluktuk has been employed by Nunavik Creations since 2001. Mary was born south of Inukjuak in a place called Kangirsukallak. Mary has extensive knowledge in traditional Inuit clothing sewing and pattern making that she learned from her mother. Also, she has gained extensive training in fine leather goods production, amongst several other women from Inukjuak.
In addition to employing a full time staff for the workshops, Nunavik Creations frequently purchases hand crafted clothing and art from local Inuit community members.