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Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
At Festival du Voyageur, which begins on Friday, the men and women in period garb at Fort Gibraltar take the heritage aspect of their costumes seriously. And that includes the familiar voyageur outfit deconstructed here.
Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
The leather handbag is essentially a 19th-Century European version of a man-purse. This one’s made of cow leather, but in 1815 it would have been moose, deer or elk. The abalone buttons would have been traded up from the Gulf of Mexico.