“Kamik in the Greenlandic national costume are long, broad boots made of sealskin at the bottom with a ring of small, coloured pieces of animal skin sewn on. The upper part includes floral embroidery fashioned in silk thread.
The modern “kamik boot” caused a great deal of controversy here in Greenland – to such an extent that it resulted in a number of protests by women.
A demonstration demanded that the boot be banned, taken off the market; it was seen as offensive and akin to stealing tradition.
This demonstration and other reactions – primarily that of indignation – are clear examples of the reactionary forces that prevail amongst those to whom traditions are static and should be handed down as they are without being allowed to develop.
Ironically, this ignores the fact that the Greenlandic national costume is actually an imaginatively put together amalgam of new and old materials from all corners of the globe: sealskin, pearls, silks.