Adopt an Object: Amauti

21 Jan
Irene Avaalaaqiaq amouti edited

This amauti by Irene Avaalaaqiaq is part of the MIA’s new Adopt an Object fundraising initiative.

As part of  the MIA’s new fundraising initiative ‘Adopt an Object’, we’ll be highlighting a featured item from our Permanent Collection that staff have chosen to represent some of  the unique pieces we display in the museum. For more information on the program itself and what it means to be a donor, you can check out our past blog post.

Today, we’re highlighting a staff favourite – Irene Avaalaaqiaq’s “Amauti”

Artist: Irene Avaalaaqiaq (b. 1941)
Location: Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake)
Date: 2009Medium: Wool duffel, thread, glass beads
Dimensions (H x W x D): 44” x 32” x 12”
Collection: MIA Collection

Significance: This amauti is a striking example of clothing that is still worn by women in this community today. Irene Avaalaaqiaq, better known for her wall hangings, is a premier artist in the Kivalliq Region. This beautifully hand-sewn piece with intricate bead work is emblematic of Irene’s exceptional craftsmanship. Textiles, such as this amauti made of duffel felt, often prove to be one of the greatest challenges to safely display without proper environmental controls.

Adoption Rate: $300

UPDATE:  To adopt this piece, contact our curator Alysa at miamuseum [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Posted by Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

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