When I did the blog post about klibbers (the traditional Shetland wooden pack saddle), some readers admired the kishies (the traditional Shetland woven baskets worn by women (eek) and ponies).
Anywho, I dug my two out as the ones in the photos have mysteriously disappeared.
I have had these two for years and they are original and old.
Sadly, I cannot find anyone in Shetland, let alone the UK, who will have a stab at making a kishie which is very sad. I have contacted many weavers in and outwith Shetland with no success. So if you find someone, please let me know. I would love to see their efforts.
I asked Flossie (youngest daughter), who is always very thorough, to measure ours to give you an idea of the kishies’ dimensions.
Firstly the “Red” one.
This is the older of the two kishies and belonged to my neighbour. He kindly gifted it to me and I think all the mending that’s been done over the years adds to its charm.
Then there is this one that is in slightly better condition and also has a separate handle.
Each kishie is slightly different in design and size but not enough to mean they can’t be used together.
They really are beautiful pieces of traditional craftsmanship. I would love to be able to supply kishies with the klibbers. Maybe you know someone who could make one. Let me know.