Eriskay - A Poem of Remote Lives (clip 2)
A study of Eriskay's crofting life
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A film made by Dr Kissling during a sailing holiday and summer spent on the island. A woman shears a fleece by hand, then washes the fleece. There are shots over the crofts. The fleece is the laid out on rocks to dry. The crofters then scrape lichen, or 'crottle,' from the rocks for dye. The lichen is then boiled and the fleece added to the pot to colour it. We see the dyed wool removed from the pot, intercut with shots of fishing boats and their crew. We see the spinning wheels and the wool being carded and spun, and a woman winding a ball of yarn from a swaure frame before laying it round a series of pegs in the ground. A group of women then sit together to 'waulk' the tweed.
Questions & Activities
- Where is Eriskay?
- What does 'waulking the tweed' mean?
- What is a spinning wheel used for?
- What does the women scrape off the rock and what is it used for?
English / Textiles: Create a list/timeline of all the processes involved in making the tweed.
Textiles: Research the history of creating thread from sheep's wool. If possible, visit the Hawick Towerhouse Museum for the textiles displays. Find out what the modern equivalent of waulking the tweed is today.
Textiles: Research natural dyes and traditional weaving techniques.
Music: Research 'waulking songs' and create your own modern version.
|Resource Rights Holder||National Library of Scotland|
|School Subject||English, Gaelic, Geography, History, Social Studies|
|Who||Dr Werner Kissling (director)|
|Attributes||Black and White, Sound|