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Pisifik, souvenir shops etc: "Furs" Top 5 Page for this destination Greenland Shopping Tip by Saagar

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Furs are sold at supermarkets, in particularily I noticed the Pisifik stores, and a more varied selection is available at tourist shops, souvenir stores, tourist agencies etc.

What to buy: It is common to wear local furs in Greenland, and some of the fur clothing is also made for an international market. The main furs you'll come across are from ringed seals and greenland seals. Baby seal furs were never a Greenlandic tradition, so this you will not find. Fancy polar bear furs are not avialable, only pants. The polar bear hide/fur is deliberately cut into strips for local clothes making, not for sale to an international clientele. Full furs, if you find them, are probably legal imports from Canada. The fur hunt and trade is made under CITES supervision, and unusual items will carry a CITES certificate. If not, inquire and do not buy.
However, most common fur clothing like vests, anoraks and more modern styles are both practical, attractive, warm, nice and good use of natural resources. No need for oil drilling to get this outdoor gear produced.
I found the anoraks with or without polar bear/dog fur lining in the hood very nice, but alas, too expensive for me. The vests are nice, too, but have a more limited use.

What to pay: From DKR 4-500 for fur lined caps etc, up to DKR 20.000 for full-length furs. A vest about 2500, anorak 9000.

Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 20, 2005
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