Displaying a floral beadwork band across the wrist, these leather mittens are named for the highest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko with a height of 7,310 feet. It is located on the Main Range of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. Various measurements of the peak originally called Kosciuszko showed it to be slightly lower than its neighbor, Mount Townsend. The names of the mountains were swapped by the New South Wales Lands Department in 1892 so that Mount Kosciuszko remains the name of the highest peak of Australia, and Mount Townsend ranks as second. It was named by the Polish exploere Pawel Edmund Strzelecki in 1840 in honor of the Polish hero, General Tadeusz Kosciuszko because of the resemblance to the Kosciuszko Mound in Krakow. The mountain was previously named "Mount Kosciusko", but was changed to "Mount Kosciouszko in 1997.
Astis leather mittens are hand-sewn in the USA from high-quality black suede leather with hand-stitched beadwork on the wrist and are lined with Polartec® Thermal Pro® High Loft insulation. Working directly with a tannery in the USA, we developed a suede leather, injected with silicone during the tanning process for further waterproofing, that is extremely durable yet retains great dexterity.
As each leather mitten is hand-sewn and uses natural materials, each leather mitten will possess slight variation in the look of the leather, beadwork, and fur trim. Astis embraces these subtle differences and views them as unique mittens more akin to works of art.
- Note that the short cuff mittens run a little smaller and narrower than the long cuff mittens