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Circular skin caps were everyday wear for Alutiiq men in the 19th century. In style, they reflect the blending of traditions. The shape was Russian, but the decorations were Alutiiq: strips and cutouts made from dyed sea lion esophagus and decorative stitching in caribou hair, sinew, and yarn. The leaf and petal designs may have been inspired by European embroidery.