Welcome to Our Survey

About the Research

Really Interesting Objects CIC has funding from Creative Scotland to carry out new research to find out who is making Scottish indigenous craft and what is being made across the country. The last survey was carried out by M Stuart in 1994-95 and led to the report Indigenous Crafts: Scotland’s Glorious Obsession.  We will also be updating this report so are keen to hear about new initiatives and projects which are in progress or have happened in any part of Scotland which might be suitable for a case study.

What are Indigenous Crafts?

Scottish indigenous crafts are those which represent skills and trades originally acquired and practised out of necessity.  They are a product of functional life with an identifiable style specific to Scotland. Historically they reflect locally available materials and resources and are part of Scottish regional and national cultural identity.  They can be expressive and innovative. They are sometimes described as folk art, rural craft, traditional craft and heritage craft.

Examples of Indigenous Craft

Here is the selection of the crafts which were being practised in 1994 when the last research was carried out.  There could be other crafts not included which you can add to the list by taking our survey.

Textile Crafts - spinning, handloom weaving: tweed (Harris, Borders & Shetland), tartan, damask, hand knitting: Fair Isle, Sanquhar, Kilthose, Eastcoast ganseys, Eriskay ganseys, Shetland knitted lace, Ayrshire needlework, New Pitsligo Bobbin Lace, quilting, traditional clootie rugs, Shetland taatit rugs, highland dress (kiltmaking, sporrans, kilt sockmaking), hornwork, shepherd's crook and stick making, golf clubs, shinty stick/caman, curling stones, leathers/balls, Orkney chairs, Shetland chairs, spinning wheels, traditional boat building, model boats,  Galloway clogs, wood turning - traditional Scottish domestic utensils, basketwork (creels, sculls, kishies), musical instrument makers (highland bagpipe, small pipe, the harp or clarsach, stringed instruments (fiddles, guitarmaking), Orkney bride’s cogs, staved vessels, barrelmaking (coopering), staved bucketmaking, saltboxes, lettercutting, silversmithing, quaichs, jewellery, bookbinding,  ironwork, ropework, leatherwork, stonemasonry and tanning sheepskins.

Why do this survey?

Indigenous Crafts are a living part of Scotland’s cultural heritage and a valuable part of Scotland's character and history.  By taking this survey you will help us to know who is still making indigenous craft and what is being made across the country.

Please take 10 mins to take our survey – and if there is anyone else you know who is working in any of these indigenous crafts please tell them about our research and ask them to take our survey so we can reach as many people as we can.  Thank you for your help. 

Tina Rose
Director, Really Interesting Objects CIC
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