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Inspired by the Yupik Eskimos, this polar fleece kuspuk is warm & feminine. Help produce this design so it's available to more women!
Inspired by the Yupik Eskimos, this polar fleece kuspuk is warm & feminine. Help produce this design so it's available to more women!
22 backers pledged $5,750 to help bring this project to life.

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Polar Kuspuk
Polar Kuspuk

The kuspuk is traditionally worn by Alaskan Eskimo women and made out of cotton to go over fur coats, making them look feminine but still stay warm. Inspired by the traditional kuspuk, Liorah created a new streamlined design made out of warm stretchy polar fleece.

The purpose of this project is to rejuvenate the kuspuk by making it out of modern fabric - polar fleece. Then set-up cut-n-sew manufacturing and market the samples to retail and online stores to bring these cozy Polar Kuspuks to the rest of the world.

It is also an important step for my new company, Blue Tiger Studio, to have a tangible product to sell. Currently we make websites and do graphic design, but those are services. Service businesses recycle the money made in a community, while businesses that make products bring new money into the community.

Incentives.

As incentives, we are offering our backers stickers, tee-shirts, kuspuks (for women, kids and doggies), the ability to choose colors and help make some decisions, and of course recognition. Here's some examples:

You can get your own Blue Tiger sticker when you back this project.
You can get your own Blue Tiger sticker when you back this project.
women's tiger tee
women's tiger tee
men's tiger tee
men's tiger tee
Be one of the first to try on a Polar Kuspuk
Be one of the first to try on a Polar Kuspuk

Production

So far the pattern for women has been completed in size range of XS-XL. It needs to have a test run of sizing and final alterations done to the pattern. Colors of polar fleece will be chosen for Fall/Winter by our tier 2&3 investors.  Then they will be marketed to retail stores - hopefully to all those cold places in the world where they will be most appreciated.

sample fabric and patterns are ready to go
sample fabric and patterns are ready to go

Kids and dogs will get kuspuks too!

We plan to design Polar Kuspuks in children's sizes, and for dogs too. Higher level sponsors will get to be part of the design process by choosing the name and color of the fabric used for the first runs of these kuspuks.

Back the Polar Kuspuk project to help make all this possible.

Risks and challenges

Ultimately the way to be successful is to get people to buy these kuspuks. I will market to several retail stores that specialize in outdoor clothing for women. Or alternately, distribution will be set-up from Blue Tiger Studio's online store.

Another challenge is manufacturing. In the past I had a line of clothing manufactured in Seattle, which is still a possibility. But I live in Spokane now, and would like to have a team of sewers to work with here. Another good idea was to set up a manufacturing house for Native Alaskans to work at and produce the kuspuks there. But this funding goal is not high enough to pay to set up something like that...yet.

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Recognition on our Facebook page.
    A Blue Tiger Studio sticker.

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    A Blue Tiger Studio tee shirt
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    Pledge $160 or more About $160

    The first seven people to contribute $160 or more will receive a first sizing run polar kuspuk!
    Get a "Tiger Goes Native" tee shirt.
    Get recognition on our Facebook page.
    Blue Tiger Studio stickers.

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    Pledge $320 or more About $320

    One Polar Kuspuk, any size (retail value $112).

    Get a "Tiger Goes Native" tee shirt.

    Blue Tiger Studio stickers.

    Recognition on our Facebook page.

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    Pledge $640 or more About $640

    Choose the color/pattern bolt of fabric for the first run of doggie kuspuks.

    A Polar Kuspuk any size. (retail value $112)

    Get a "Tiger Goes Native" tee shirt.

    Matching doggie kuspuk. (retail value $52)

    Blue Tiger Studio stickers.

    Recognition on our Facebook page.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Choose and name the color of a bolt of fabric for the first run for women's kuspuks.

    Get a matching set of Polar Kuspuks:
    * One for you
    * One for your kiddo
    * One for your doggie
    (retail value $232)

    Get two "Tiger Goes Native" tee shirts.

    Blue Tiger Studio stickers.

    Recognition on our Facebook page.

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Funding period

- (45 days)