Set of two “Raineach” Tumblers - The Scottish fern, or “raineach” was once an important part in the rural life of Scotland, particularly in the Highlands, where is was used to thatch roofs of cottages, lasting 15-20 years. Pay tribute to this utilitarian, yet delicate plant with your new utilitarian glasses with delicate fern spirals. One Fern is dark teal and the other is kelly green.
You'll love how the ferns look through the glass when it's filled with water or sangria. The glasses are silkscreen printed in small batches. Dishwasher safe and very durable. Created entirely in the USA. A signature Mary Elizabeth Arts design.
Glasses are 8" tall and hold 16oz
Dishwasher safe and very durable
Silkscreen printed in the USA
A signature Mary Elizabeth Arts design
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Fern, considered a pest by many, and often viewed as just an adornment in botanical displays, once played an important part in the rural life of Scotland, where the local inhabitants put it to good use. It was found in great abundance in the wooded wilds of particularly the Highlands, where it was in the Gaelic called 'raineach'.
Utilised in the old craft of thatching roofs of cottages, it could last between 15 and 20 years before replacement, some homes are still occasionally thatched with fern.
It made good bedding for animals, as well as humans, due to its ability to repel insect pests. When green and in full fruition, ferns were also burned to produce an alkali mixture used in the bleaching process. The burning of ferns also allowed from its ashes; potash, used as an essential ingredient in soap making, and soda, used in the making of glass, which was an industry of significance in Scotland in the 19th century. The ashes too made good fertiliser for potatoes.