In the mid-1970s, a group of Inuit women in Taloyoak formed an organization to market and sell their culturally-inspired textile sculptures known as “packing dolls”. Taluq Designs was established in April, 1995, allowing these women to expand their business for the production of locally handmade collectables.
They have since expanded their retail line to include other unique Northern-inspired wool duffel and plush products, such as the “packing Polar Bear” designed by renowned doll maker Peeteedootie Ugyuk.
Each wool-duffel packing doll is an arctic animal dressed in a handmade and embroidered duffel “amauti” (parka).
Each has an appropriate baby animal carried in the traditional style, tucked into the space between the wearer’s back and the parka.
The respective artist signs each packing doll in Inuktitut syllabics.
A section of the Taluq building is a small store where products are displayed and sold.
Taluq Designs provides direct employment in the shop, and for many seamstresses who sew products in their homes.