from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shirt of reindeer-skin worn by the Laplanders.
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The women were all busy; one was weaving shoe-bands of bright colors, red predominating; another was just finishing a "kapta," and a third one was putting a lining of red flannel over the seams upon a tiny pair of reindeer-skin shoes for a child; the girls were sewing some undergarments.
I put on a new pair of reindeer trousers, that were lent to me and that had never been worn before, and a new "kapta."
The Finlanders do not dress like the Laplanders when they are at home; it is only when they travel that they wear the kapta or pesh.
Then they dressed themselves for the night, putting on over the garments they wore during the day a long reindeer kapta, a sort of nightshirt reaching below the feet.
After our meal we went into our snow houses, and taking off my Lapp grass and stockings, I laid them inside of my kapta on my chest to dry the dampness out of them during the night.