The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts


Straw craft


The making of objects from straw (such as wheat, barley, oats and rye), using a variety of techniques such as marquetry, lip work and plaiting. See the separate entry for corn dolly making.


Status Data deficient
Craft category  Straw
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees
Current no. of skilled craftspeople
Current total no. of craftspeople






Local forms




Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • Shortage of raw materials: Suitable straw is in short supply now that the old varieties have been taken off the approved list.


Support organisations


Craftspeople currently known


Other information