Hello, my name is Diana Riedel. I am Alaskan Native from Cordova Alaska. My mom, Monica, taught me the art of skin sewing at a young age and I love being able to create clothing from a sustainable, plentiful, and local renewable resource. I custom make all the products for Dineega Furs and I strive for the highest quality in my furs and sewing. I mainly use sea otter, seal, and sealion furs. But I can incorporate other furs as well. Skin sewing is an art, as well as a necessity, that has been passed from generation to generation in our family. My great grandmother Lizzy Semaken handmade all her family's fur garments to protect them in the harsh Alaskan climate.
I like to mix traditional and contemporary materials and patterns with the cultural values and beliefs passed down to me. I respect these resources and practice sustainable, non- wasteful take. I strive to have exceptional quality in my products and customer satisfaction is very important to me. These items will last you years and years and I want you to be happy with the fit and style. Thank you for looking at my art and please contact me with any questions!
Lizzy and Big George Semaken with two of their thirteen children. Photo taken in 1910 in Kaltag, Alaska. Lizzy handmade all the fur clothing for her family