Men's Zippered Kuspuk
Men's Zippered Kuspuk

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Men's Zippered Kuspuk
Artist: Letha Simon
Culture(s): Yup'ik
Dimensions: 32x24x2
SKU: YK0332


A royal blue with white, black and turquoise colored trimming around the bottom and pockets and wrist. Zippered in front and has a hook. Men's size XL, arm length is measured at 24' long.











Letha Chimegalrea Simon is a Yup'ik artist originally from Bethel, Alaska, a southwestern community in Alaska. She currently resides in Fairbanks, Alaska with her family. She sews qaspeqs, or kuspuks, as many refer to them as, which she learned from her Grandmother Anna Hedlund Alexie, and her mother Elsie Chimegalrea. Her styles vary from the traditional long skirted kuspuks to the more contemporary. Most of her kuspuks have the style with the rounded bottom which may prefer. On all of her kuspuks made with the calico type fabric she adds a string with three beads, as both her mother and Grandmother have always did. Most of Letha's kuspuks are the traditional pullover types but she also makes full zipper styles ranging from simple to more elaborate borders. The major venue for her items are at the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference, held annually in October and at the Work Eskimo Indian Olympics every July in Fairbanks. You can also view her website: QASPEQ.COM In August 2011 she entered one of her qaspeq jackets in the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska. Her first competition, and she was awarded three ribbons: First Premium, Judges Choice, and Division Champion. Letha is a certified elementary teach who has been working as a certified substitute teacher for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District in addition to sewing kuspuks and raising her three children.