Gakti or gákti, as it is written in Northern Sámi, is a piece of traditional
clothingworn by the Sámi in northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. The gákti is worn both in ceremonial contexts and while working, particularly when herding reindeer. The clothes are characterized by a dominant color adorned with bands, plaits, tinart, and often a high collar.
The colours, patterns and the jewellery of the clothing can tell if a person is single or married and where the person is from. There are different gákti for women and men; men's gákti have a shorter "skirt" than women's.
Traditionally the gákti was made from reindeer leather, but nowadays it's more common to use wool, cotton or silk.
The gákti can be used with a belt (pleated, quilted or with silver buttons), silver jewellery, traditional leather footwear and a silk scarf.
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