Bag Productions Week: Seal Skin Purse

My grandmother’s family were sealers. When she was a young girl, she worked as a cook on the sealing ships. She always told me that my duck-shaped feet were perfect for running across the Labrador snow without sinking in. Even though the industry had pretty much dried up when I was a child, we were still given various sealskin mementos: Coin purses, boots and, of course, toy seals made of real seal.

I still have a sealskin handbag (pictured above). The interest in our family heritage pretty much ends with me — my nieces recoil in horror at the idea of it.