Beaver Fur Mitten, c. 1915

Beaver Fur Mitten, c. 1915
Artifact no. 2004.0009
Canada Science and Technology Museum

Publication/Creation Date
Holt, Renfrew & Co. (creator)
Media Type
Graphical Image
Persuasive Intent
There are a host of wearable technologies on the market today—think SharkSkin wetsuits and Cheetah running blades—that take inspiration from animal biology. Rather than constituting a radical break with the past, however, these developments are better understood as an extension of the longstanding practice of re-purposing animal body parts for their unique physical characteristics and/or material properties. These winter mittens, for example, are made primarily of beaver fur—a pelt long-known for its warm, insulating qualities and resistance to moisture. Hand-crafted over a hundred years ago, these mittens could withstand sub-zero temperatures and damp conditions as well as some of best synthetic gloves available today.

Made in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Technology Keywords
Gloves, Waterproof
Marketing Keywords
Holt, Renfrew & Co.

Related Collections
The Wearable Past (2018)
Date archived
April 6 2018
Last edited
April 4 2019
How to cite this entry
Holt, Renfrew & Co.. (1915). "Beaver Fur Mitten, c. 1915
Artifact no. 2004.0009
Canada Science and Technology Museum". Canada Science and Technology Museum. Fabric of Digital Life.