Anorak or Anoraque is a type of jacket that goes up to the hips with a hood. It is especially made for being used in sports of cold weather. It is made of non-permeable, thick and resistant fabric; its hood can come with Inuit fur.

Its name is believed to have been originated from the Aleutian islands. It was initially made with sealskin to be used only outdoors. Until the end of the 20th century, it was made of nylon and quilted with other synthetic fibers. In the 1980s, Anorak designers produced it with the use of satin and other luxurious fabrics to be worn as evening wear.

Nowadays, depending on the fabric, the anorak can be even used as a decorative piece.

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Bibliography: Callan, Georgina O’Hara; Enciclopédia da moda de 1840 à década de 90 / Georgina O’Hara Callan ; verbetes brasileiros Cynthia Garcia : tradução Glória Maria de Mello Carvalho, Maria Ignez França – São Paulo : Companhia das Letras, 2007.

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