Very low profile attractive Artcic Reindeer skin – same warning as always with these reindeer skins, even if the environmental and ethical arguments sway you way you into wanting a skin of your own, you should be aware that this (unlike many sheepskins) is an overt and obvious animal product. More than this, the inclusion of the animal’s tail brings this one higher up again on the sensitivity scale. We can of course remove the tail prior to shipping at no charge.
This reindeer has seen some action and carries the scars of a wild life lived within the Arctic Circle. The herd move through several European countries and the remote region of Kola in Russia through the year – the Sami follow the herd and have representative parliaments and councils within each country. Norway, for example, recognised the tribe officially in 1990 and today boast about their activities and industries. You can even go and stay with host families within the Arctic Circle. Reindeer pelts support around 10% of the Sami people.
It’s clear that this skin is large – over 110 cm wide on a deer skin of 127 cm long, none the less it has a uniformity of thickness circa 4 cm – very thick and yet uniform – ideal for the floor but will suit a a relaxed location where one can enjoy the depth of this fur properly. Colours range from a forgiving brown (I could invent colourful names here like chocolate cream, and invoke memories of Irish coffee, toffees and ice creams…) to off-white with the again forgiving property of being made up of different colours at different depths. The end result is a fur that will cope well even if your large dog has bad manners, heaven forbid.
The Sami tribe farm these reindeer within the Arctic Circle (Northern Sweden, Norway and Finland), where they harvest a sustainable portion for meat and fur each year. The tribe are nomadic, like the herd itself. Selling the meat and fur is essential for their survival.
Furs were commonly used in burials in southern Finland until the 14th and 15th century, and in northern Finland as late as the 17th century. Finnish forest reindeer and elk skin were most commonly used in burials. Clothes & frequently used objects were also made from fur; a knife sheath could be covered or lined with fur.