If I've said it before, I shall say it again - Baker Lake is full of extremely talented and creative individuals. Since we have moved up here, I have been admiring all of the beautiful handmade parkas that the majority of people wear. They vary in thickness so you have beautiful spring ones, wind/water resistant ones for trips out on the land in the summer, and of course, heavy duty winter ones. Part of me wished I didn't buy a Canada Goose because the local ones are so beautiful (and less expensive) and I like supporting local talent.
When we decided to head south again, I said I wanted to have one special item to mark our time in Nunavut. What better souvenir than to have a beautiful custom made parka to bring to the south so I can enjoy it every day - much better/more practical than having a sculpture collect dust because I'm a terrible cleaner. :)
I worked with the lovely Karyn (funny story - she used to work at the post office and when we first moved to town, she knew who we were and had our mail ready for us before we barely got off the plane. So when we walked up to the counter on our first day, her first words to me were, "are you Lily?" before I even introduced myself. The beauty of small town living!) to create my parka. We chatted on Wednesday and I pretty much gave her creative freedom. My only request was that there was a bit of pink (obviously) and that it wasn't too busy. She brought me a few options for trim and she recommended the hot pink/black flower pattern and away she went. I had my fitting on Friday and my parka was in my hands on Sunday.
The workmanship on it is amazing. The fit is perfect. With very little direction from me, she managed to make me a parka that is just so...Lily. I love everything about it!
I'm going to be the belle of the southern winters wearing my new parka! I almost can't wait for it to get cold again! (Almost.)