Nº2 GreenlandersHelga Mjöll Oddsdóttir
Today is Greenland’s national day. It is not an independence day because they are still an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. But on june 21 (summer solstice) they celebrate their ethnicity and their cultural independence.
Greenland’s national clothing is a profound source of ethnic pride and they work hard to maintain this element of their heritage. As they should, it’s breathtaking. It’s made of available arctic raw materials such as skins from polar bears, seals, reindeers and foxes and the style varies from region to region.
Out of necessity and respect for nature, Greenlanders put every part of the animal into good use.
The visually stunning beaded upperpart is a more recent addition to the outfit. It’s crafted with glass or pearl beads sourced from around the world.