The Crannog Bag
The Crannog Bag by Pictavia Leather.
This is Hamish’s interpretation of the bag remains unearthed at Loch Glashan Crannog site in the West of Scotland. A Crannog is an ancient roundhouse built over a Loch, either on stilts or on built up mounds. They are found throughout Scotland and Ireland, dating from the bronze age and some still being inhabited up until the 18th century AD.
The Loch Glashan Crannog where the bag was found was dated approx 6-9C AD, and is located in what would have been the Early Medieval Kingdom of Dalriada, inhabited by Gaels (or Scots).
People have always needed bags to keep their most needed items to hand. This is how they made them in Scotland (or at least how one leatherworker was making them) in the early medieval period.
This bag is made from bark tanned cowskin, hand tooled with early medieval techniques with a Pictish tree of life Hamish has drawn inspired by Meigle no.1 Pictish stone in the East of Scotland, and finished with an ancient recipe blend of natural waxes and oils.