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Anorak

Accession Number

1180.2014.1

Object Name

Anorak

Created

26/11/2014

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

26/11/2014

Brief Description

Cotton anorak with tape ties on hood

Materials

cotton

Dimensions

74(l) x70(w) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

Faded label "ANORAK" just visible

Colour

cream

Provenance

In recent times the word 'anorak' has come to be associated with people who have hobbies considered by most people to be boring, though we'd rather concentrate on the other meaning which is a warm, often waterproof jacket which is pulled on over the head and invariably has a hood. The word itself seems to have had its origins with the North American and Greenland Inuit people where it is written in various ways such as annoraaq or anoraq. The word seems to be pretty much interchangeable with Parka which is very similar, though Europeans tend to think of a Parka as being longer, bulkier and opening at the front. Both may or may not have fur around the collar.
From a Scottish mountain heritage point of view, anoraks seem to have been the fashion in the 1940's/50's and 60's with just about everyone wearing one, often an ex army version which we suspect is the origin of the one we have here in the collection, though it's so worn and faded that we can't tell.
RAF mountain rescuer, Dave (Heavy)Whalley, kindly donated this item to our collection, whether or not it was his, or he got it elsewhere we're not sure.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Dave (Heavy) Whalley

Acquisition Date

26/11/2014

Condition Check Date

26/11/2014

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

26/11/2014

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