This bag is truly a unique Scottish heritage bag.
It is the most accurate interpretation I make of the early medieval period bag, dated to approx 6-9c, found at Loch Glashan Crannog site here in Scotland. Loch Glashan is on the west coast, making the bag of Dalriadan origin rather than Pictish. The original is huge, believed to have been for carrying large books or bibles, so I have scaled it down to three comfortable sizes.
The original was made of deerskin. So I have used this special Scottish red deerskin, historically acorn tanned by hand at the woodland tannery in Fife. This creates a very strong leather which is still lovely and supple, full of character from the stags life in the Scottish Highlands.
Crannogs are a type of ancient loch-dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland. Most seem to have been built as individual homes to accommodate extended families. A fully reconstructed crannog has been built on Loch Tay, at the Scottish Crannog Center. Making a historic Scottish bag, from local leather tanned in a historical method, has taught me a lot about the leatherworking practices from early medieval Scotland.
Large: approx 12" wide, 14" long, 4" deep
Medium: 11" wide, 12" long, 3" deep.
Small: 7.5" wide, 9" long, 2.5" deep
This bag is made to order. I can make it in various sizes, for which I hand pick each hide. Subject to hides being available as they are a luxury batch. Please allow 8 weeks lead time.