Anorak. Noun. [an-uh-rak, ah-nuh-rahk]
Throughout the years the anorak has taken on many forms and has been widely worn across all types of social and geographical platforms. National Geographic dates this item of outerwear to be at least 1,000 years old. The word "anorak", originally "anoraq" comes from the Greenlandic dialect, Kalaallisut, and did not appear in English until 1924. According to An Uncommon History of Common Things, Volume 2, by National Geographic, "Arctic Explorers, including Robert E. Peary, who reached the North Pole in 1909, relied on inuit-style anoraks and boots. To create the garments, Inuit collected animal pelts of varying warmth and weight...Caribou and seal were the preferred skins, but other animals, including birds and whales, were also used." No animals were harmed in the making of our anoraks; rest easy.
An Inuit family wearing traditional Caribou Anoraks, Early 1900s
1942 Mountain Troops Reversible Anorak Fur Parka. Rare WWII US Army Spec. No. 201
Raekwon in Polo Snow Beach, Early 90s
Route Anorak by All Good. Available November, 2015. Photo by Dylan Maddux