The Sami tribe farm reindeer across the cold north – Sweden, Norway and Finland, where they harvest a sustainable portion for meat each year. Surprisingly supple for a hide of this thickness with thick, richly patterned fur.
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.