Winter is finally here and the days are getting colder every day. But that’s totally fine by us as we have all the means and comfort to keep us warm from these cold winds. Ever wondered how people managed to escape the cold and protected themselves from harsh weather in ancient world? They took all the safety measures along with cool looking snow goggles.
Snow goggles are a type of eyewear that was traditionally used by Inuit. Inuit is a group of people living in the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, and Alaska. They were created by using traditional crafting techniques and varied in styles and shape. They were especially used to prevent a condition called snow blindness. This is a very painful condition caused when ultraviolet rays of the sun reflect opposite off of the snow and result in burning the retinas of the eyes. So, it’s obviously better to wear weird-looking glasses than to go blind.
Snow goggles were mostly made of driftwood, walrus tusk ivory, or caribou’s antlers. These goggles were made of wood or bones with two narrow eye slits. They were supported by headband straps made from walrus hide. They were made to tightly fit against the person’s face in order to let only light enter through the slits. The narrow slits also helped in increasing the view. The view gets larger with the wider width of the slits. The snow goggles in the Inuit language are referred to as Inukshuk, iggaak, or Inuktitut.
Inuit people should be credited for creating the first pair of sunglasses in the world!
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