Several types of cane from rattan plants that grow in South East Asia were commonly used for basketmaking in Britain. Two of these Palembang (named after a port in Java, Indonesia) and Kooboo (the Malay word for a trap usually …Continue reading “More About Cane (Rattan)”
The one definition that is usually true about baskets made anywhere in the world, is that they are made with locally available, natural, materials. But, there are exceptions and perhaps Scotland has more baskets made with non-indigenous materials than many …Continue reading “The Use of Rattan in Scottish Baskets by Lois Walpole”
A quarter cran was used in the herring industry. Originally they were made in willow and hazel but later came to be made in rattan.
The Arbroath rip, Liz Balfour’s account The Arbroath rip was used by fisherwomen, carried on their backs for selling fish. It was never used at the harbour, but on women’s fish selling rounds or in the market. Rips are bigger …Continue reading “Arbroath rip”