Amautiga was created in the fall of 2016 following the birth of Ujarak's first child. Amautiga is a small business run by Ujarak Appadoo and Gabai Kaludjak.
Amautiga has three products to offer anaanait: amaaruti, aujaq amaut, and ukiuq amaut. Amautiga does small collections and when both seamstresses have time they can take on custom orders.
Ujarak thought of creating Amautiga after, “I wore [my panik] exclusively in my amaaruti for the first two months, I was complimented on the amaaruti and realized that other moms could benefit from the amazing carrier. I could contribute in a small way and bring joy to other moms by giving them a garment they could carry their little ones in.”
A little about each seamstress:
(Elizabeth) Ujarak Appadoo is a mom of two, wife, seamstress and life long learner. Appadoo designs or alters many of her own patterns, but much of what she sews, such as the amauti pattern, has been passed down through generations. Originally from Arviat, NU, but now based in Montreal, QC.
Jocelyn (Gabai) Kaludjak is also a loving mom of two living in Arviat, Nunavut. She recently graduated from Nunavut Arctic College. Gabai has been sewing for about 8 years and has a passion for sewing amautiit (baby carriers) because they have been a part Inuit culture for thousands of years.
Gabai joined the Amautiga team in March of 2021.