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Willow coffin history!

These stunning pieces are reusable/ rental willow body carriers from many moons ago in Sutherland, UK. I assume the deceased would have been shrouded.

The card caption on the child coffin reads: "These two body baskets were used in Sutherland to carry Paupers to the graveside in the late 18th and/ or 19th centuries."

What weaving techniques can you spot?

Thanks to the sweet managing director at Dunrobin Castle, who took this photo after I contacted him with an ancient newspaper clipping from Hilary Burns basketmaker.

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