Thursday, November 5, 2009
Russion American Company
In the 17th century, when Russian explorers went to the Aleutians, they saw that men wore birdskin parkas while women wore sea otter fur parkas. When the Russian American Company (RAC) came and took over the Aleutians, they outlawed the use of sea otter fur parkas because the Russians thought sea otter fur was too valuable for clothing. The Russians used the sea otter fur to make profit by sending it to Kiakhta China. During this time period women were forced to make their parkas from bird skins, they put special decorations on them to make it look more feminine.