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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The elf lass enjoyed her hot Lapp cha

    Kept warm by the jacket that wrapped her.

    As Rudolph last Christmas

    Is stew meat on this pass

    His hide makes an elf a fine kapta.

    December 20, 2017