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Edna Lafferty Earrings

Regular price$280.00
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 Made in Canada

Materials: Deer hide, Velvet, Czech beads
Size: 32cm x 3cm

Indigenous Market items are authentically hand-crafted by Indigenous artists.
Artists receive 100% of the proceeds of each sale.

Ednas Story: Edna Lafferty is an emerging ‘Traditional Craft Artisan’ residing in Hay River NT. She was born in Fort Resolution in 1967 and is of Chipewyan Metis descent. She started sewing traditional crafts in 2013, after making her first pair of child size slippers on her own. She was happy with her efforts and continued sewing on her own with help from her aunt. Since 2013, Edna has been challenging herself to learn how to sew something new each year. She uses old methods and styles passed down to her from her aunts and by attending sewing workshops with elders when opportunities to do so are available to her. She has also received inspiration on beading practices from well known beading artists. Some by sitting and sewing with and some by admiration and studying of work through social media tutorials or books on traditional native beading methods. Along the way she has picked up some of her own styles, designs, and techniques and uses a mixture of old and new methods to create her work. She also enjoys drawing and transferring her work on to materials for beading or embroidery. She draws for elders who want to make slippers or mukluks in the community, and Is still amazed when asked to do so, as it is still new to her. She has made donations of four original handbags for donating internationally through social media to raise funds for MMIW Awareness. She continues to donate locally through social media kindness donation pages for those in need. She is an active member of the Hay River Metis Government Council and has recently taken part in a moose hide workshop and will be continuing onto tanning the hide this summer. She plans to continue learning and sharing her knowledge with others in her community.

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Testimonials

I Love these slippers more than any I've ever had. High quality material and craftsmanship. Very comfortable and super warm.

Meagan N.

Exceptional quality. Comfortable, warm, beautiful to the eye.

Jim W.

Came beautifully packaged, on-time, and what beautiful workmanship. Truly proud to wear these.

Ema A.

Frequently asked questions

To make our brand more accessible, to support our social impact initiatives, and to allow us to compete with other global fashion brands, we produce our products in international ethical partner factories. Our factory partners that support our growing product line go through an in-depth 3rd party inspection and internal Social Compliance Audit. These high standards are continually monitored and respected. We are proud of our manufacturing policies and our ability to build capacity globally. We believe that our success as an Indigenous business has been due to our willingness to walk forward while honouring our past.

Manitobah Mukluks makes a variety of products that match Canada's diverse climates. We offer select styles of adult mukluks that are waterproof. Those styles are tagged online as waterproof and can be seen here.

Both styles of children's mukluks are waterproof. They have been treated with our AuthenTEC waterproofing system; treated hide and an internal flexible coating that is inspired by pine pitch and spruce gum. Manitobah conducts rigorous waterproof and temperature testing using a minimum 50,000 flex standard.

The rest of the adult mukluks are constructed with natural suede and leather which are not sealed and not considered waterproof. We recommend treating them with a leather/suede protector to help with water resistance and general protection. All of our MUKLUKS are insulated with sheepskin footbeds and most are constructed with untreated suede which is porous (and not considered waterproof). These natural materials need to breathe in order to be effective in extreme cold. Indigenous people have been surviving in the coldest climates for thousands of years using this very wisdom.

Protection: Use a silicone-based leather/suede protector. Do not spray fur, as it contains natural protective oils. We offer a protecting spray as part of our Care Kit here

To Clean: Leather can be cleaned using a gentle soap and soft brush. For salt, wipe down with a damp cloth. Even if they have been sprayed, salt is corrosive and can cause damage.

To Dry: Once wet, allow your footwear to dry naturally

Wear: Never pull fur when putting on or removing boot, fur sheds over time and frequent friction will cause the fur to shed much faster. Cross laces over before tightening to avoid tearing leather eyeholes

Storage: When ready to store them for the season you should clean them, allow them to dry and then pack them away in a sealed container away from heat, moisture and pets (a plastic storage tote works great.) You can also use a pool noodle or something similar in the shaft to keep them upright during storage.

Our traditional Mukluks and natural soled Moccasins are not built on a traditional foot last so there is no left or right foot. This method has been used on Indigenous footwear for thousands of years. Over time the natural materials will form to your foot and allow you to have a custom fit. Moccasins with the turtle vibram sole and all of our kids mukluks do have a left and right foot.

Our sheepskin-lined mukluks are considered one of the warmest winter boots for northern winters and are rated down to -32 degrees Celsius. Partnering with Vibram has also allowed us to design a sole that allows your foot to bend. Research indicates that flexible soles promote proper foot movement and blood circulation to your toes. This means that in cold dry weather, our mukluks will allow your feet to stay warmer than almost anything on the market.

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