Authentic Canadian Arctic Parkas

Genuine Arctic parkas custom 

made in the Northwest Territories. 

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The mushmush difference

Quality matters. Tradition, too.

Every mushmush parka is custom made in Canada's Northwest Territories. We have no factory. Each parka is assigned a number, a pattern is made, then it is hand cut and sewn in the home of a seamstress around Great Slave Lake.


Our parkas are the same traditional styles Canada's Northern peoples have been wearing for hundreds of years. We tweaked the line very slightly to make them a teeny bit slimmer and more flattering but aside from that we left well enough alone. We know a good design when we see it.  


Since our mushmush parkas are authentic to Canada's Western Arctic, they come with outer-shells either in the traditional (straight) style or the "Mother Hubbard" style, which dates back to the Missionaries arrival in the region in the mid-1800s. 


The Missionaries urged the Native women not to show their trousers. The women obliged by designing an outer shell characterized by a deep flounce that mades it look like a dress (at least, a dress from the 1800s). Even today, Mother Hubbard parkas continue to be popular among Inuit, Dene and non-Native women in the Northwest Territories.


Whichever colour, style, fur, or appliqués you choose, you'll be warm on the inside and fabulous on the outside in a parka that is unique to you, and a piece of wearable Canadian art.


A mushmush custom

Long arms? Short legs? Some parts a little thicker than you'd like? Is shopping off-the-rack a misery? Don't worry, you're in good hands.


With mushmush, you take your measurements (we'll show you where), fill out our order form, and within four to six weeks you'll have a fabulous parka that looks and fits like it was made for you. Because it was.

How to order
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The history of mushmush

HOW ONE STORY TURNED INTO ANOTHER

Every authentic mushmush parka is custom made in Canada's Northwest Territories. We have no factory. Each parka is assigned a number, a pattern is made, then it is hand cut and sewn in the home of a seamstress around Great Slave Lake.

Our parkas are the real traditional styles Canada's Northern peoples have been wearing for hundreds of years. We tweaked the line very slightly to make them a teeny bit slimmer and more flattering but aside from that we left well enough alone. We know good design when we see it.  

Since our mushmush parkas are authentic to Canada's Western Arctic, they come with outer-shells either in the traditional (straight) style or the "Mother Hubbard" style, which dates back to the Missionaries arrival in the region in the mid-1800s. 

The Missionaries urged the Native women not to show their trousers. The women obliged by designing an outer shell characterized by a deep flounce that mades it look like a dress (at least, a dress from the 1800s). Even today, Mother Hubbard parkas continue to be popular among Inuit, Dene and non-Native women in the Northwest Territories.

Whichever colour, style, fur, or appliqués you choose, you'll be warm on the inside and fabulous on the outside in a real Northern parka that is unique to you -- a piece of wearable Canadian art.