Bent grass or marram grass
The Reverend John Lane Buchanan noted from the 1780s in the Outer Hebrides that ‘Every beggar, male and female, must carry their blankets on their backs in a kind of sack made of grass, from house to house to sleep …Continue reading “Marram grass sacks for other uses”
This brush uses a combination of twined grass to create the handle and the bundles of rush as the sweeping part of the brush.
This pot scrubber is in the Uig Historical Society Museum, Isle of Lewis. It was made by taking the roots where the sand had been blown off them on the dunes, and then rubbing them together to from a …Continue reading “Marram Grass Roots as Pot Scrubbers”
Ciosan made of marram grass courtesy of Bernera Museum, Isle of Great Bernera, Western Isles This ciosan is of particular significance because of it having a handle. It is made of marram grass and we know that this marram grass was …Continue reading “A handled ciosan on Great Bernera”
Marram grass growing on machair, Isle of Lewis The marram grass was cut from dunes. The photo shows marram grass, with the fine upright leaves, among the flowers of the machair. The machair is the fertile strip of land lying …Continue reading “Bent Grass/Marram as part of the landscape”
The ciosan The ciosan is a small, closely woven basket, formerly made on the Western Isles and along the west coast. It is a coiled basket made from sea-bent (marram grass), or sometimes straw. The coils are stitched together using …Continue reading “Ciosan”
Similar to the plata-mhuilinn, this South Uist grain sack from Carnan is also woven from bent grass. It has 2 twisted grass handles rather than the eight handles of the Monach Island basket. It is similarly made from one flat …Continue reading “Grain sack from South Uist”