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In 1974, Arnaqarvik was provided with its first large contract order: 335 garments for the Northwest Territories athletes at the Arctic Winter Games to be held in Anchorage, Alaska. Three different styles of outfits were to be created for athletes, along with dressy embroidered duffle coats for attending officials and a fashion show. All of this to be created in the three month window before the games began.  The seamstresses of Arnaqarvik gamely stepped up to the challenge and the next plane into Taloyoak brought in 1000 yards of melton, 20,000 yards of trim and silk fringe and 15 new sewing machines.  The production deadline was ultimately achieved, in large part because of Maudie Ookitook who managed to make one garment every day through several months. 

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