Jennifer Kingsley
August 17, 2015

(Post 5 of 6)

Tuku’s mother wore these beads at her wedding. They are part of the traditional West Greenlandic dress. The beads should be the right length, and the colours are significant too. This one has too much blue for Tuku to wear now but she said, “Maybe I can wear them when I get married.” The beads were originally made out of capelin vertebrae died with blood, blueberry and other things.

These days, some people are changing the colours and styles of the traditional outfits, which can be a commentary on identity and modernity. Makka and Tuku agree it doesn’t look right. When I asked why, Makka just looked at me and said, “It’s ugly.” Tuku finds something very special in the next post.

Tuku tries on a beaded shawl