Arbroath rip

Arbroath rip

Arbroath rip from NMS collection. Liz Balfour’s account

This beautifully made frame basket is used by fish wives for selling fish. It is not used at harbour, but is carried on the back on the selling round or at market. The strap went across the breast, although some people say it went across the head, which seems rather heavy. They could also have been worn with the strap across the shoulder and the basket balanced on the hip. Rips are bigger than arm creels. Those from Arbroath have a unique construction, with the frame being made from a lind of laminated wood, which in Liz’s view, would not have been made by a basket maker, but is more likely to have been made by, perhaps a boat builder, who would have been using similar skills. These baskets were used all along the Angus coats, from Arbroath, to Ferry Den, Usan and Ethie Haven. This example is made from rattan, with a willow frame.

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