The Great Bernera Ciosan


Ciosan made of marram grass courtesy of Bernera Museum, Isle of Great Bernera, Western Isles

This ciosan is of particular significance because of it havingĀ a handle. It is made of marram grass and we know that this marram grass was harvested off the north side of Great Bernera on the Isle of Kealasay. There was marram grass at one site on Great Bernera itself but that was obviously not enough for the needs of the islanders. This harvesting was still being done within living memory but noone seems to know who made them and when the last ones were actually made. The handle is wrapped with the same material that is used for the stitching, but no mention is made of what this is. The handle is a solid piece of wood but the attachment of the handle on both sides was almost completely broken.

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