How the alachigh was built

The inspiration for its creation came in August 2011 at a Lughnasadh/Lammas celebration after a session of storytelling run by the Wood Sisters. The tales told that day had explored tales of Biblical women and their roots in the ancient Mesopotamian tradition inspired by Anita Diamant’s novel “The Red Tent”.

After the stories had been told one sister said “I wish we had a Red Tent. Let’s build one.” The longing for Red Tent had been spoken and like a spell the wish worked its magic through the hands of many Wood Sisters until it was there, round and red and ready for its first outing.

The design is based on a North Iranian nomadic tent called an alachigh. More info here?


Felling the ash poles for the bones of the tent at Killerton (Date).


Cutting and shaping the poles


Building the steam box and former to steam bend the poles


Steam bent poles


Forming the roof wheel


Erecting the frame for the first time (date)


The covers on for the first time



Transporting and putting her up for her first outing – Quest Festival 2012


Sacred space, ceremony and craft at the festival