Kishie or Caisie

Ewan Balfour making a kishieThis basket called a Kishie in Shetland or a Caisie in Orkney is used in a similar way that the back creel is used by crofters in the Highlands and Islands off the west coast of Scotland. Rather than woody material like willow however, in Shetland, these baskets were made of oat straw, or sometimes dockans, and soft (field) rush. The construction was completely different and involved making lengths of twine, or simmens, with the rush and using a twining technique with this to tie bundles of straw together.   See Also How to Make a Kishie

What we know about kishies and Caises

Shetland ponies being relieved of their loads of peat, Fetlar, Shetland, 1930. On their backs are riva kishies, or nets, and woven straw kishies. Scottish Life Archive

This basket called a Kishie in Shetland or a Caisie in Orkney is used in a similar way that the back creel is used by crofters in the Highlands and Islands off the west coast of Scotland. Rather than woody …Continue reading “What we know about kishies and Caises”

Kishie and Its Uses in Shetland

Shetland ponies being relieved of their loads of peat, Fetlar, Shetland, 1930. On their backs are riva kishies, or nets, and woven straw kishies. Scottish Life Archive

As you will no doubt appreciate the kishie was still in widespread use as a method of transporting various items until it was made redundant by more readily available containers, bags and methods of transportation. Before this stage the kishie …Continue reading “Kishie and Its Uses in Shetland”

The Kishie Maker’s Year

Ewen Balfour and his father building skroos after the harvest. Photo: Pete Glanville

Kishie maker Ewen Balfour explains here what needs to be done each month to grow and gather materials as well as make the kishies January – Kishie making February – Winnowing previously saved seed either mechanically or outside on a …Continue reading “The Kishie Maker’s Year”

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