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Alaska Native designer brings subsistence fashion to new audience

Peter Paul Kawagaelg Williams and Shaman Furs. Photo from Instagram

Peter Paul Kawagaelg Williams, an Alaska Native designer, staged his first runway show this year, taking part in Brooklyn Fashion Week in New York in May.

The show was a long way from Williams's home in Sitka, Alaska. He runs his Shaman Furs business from there but is hoping to expand his operation into newer and bigger markets.

"I know I have to get out of Alaska," Williams told The New York Times.

Williams makes all of his products by hand. He hunts sea otters and seals and uses their parts for hats, skirts, earrings and other items that are based on the subsistence traditions of the Yup'ik people.

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