In 2000, the Museums & Galleries Commission produced a set of guidelines for UK museums. Click on the following link to download a PDF copy MGC 2000 Restitution and Repatriation guidelines. According to the Arts Council England there are plans to rewrite this publication.
A pair of caribou skin boots with gut or sinew thread stitching that was made and collected in the 19th century. The Inuit had two outfits of caribou skin, each winter outfit had two layers. The hair side faced inwards in one layer and this was worn next to the body. Due to the movement of the body caribou clothing usually wore out in the course of the year and need replacing. That’s a whole outfit per individual that needed replacing and because it was the women of the family who made the clothing they were continually engaged in clothing manufacture and care.