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kilt - tartan - clan

A kilt is a knee length unbifurcated garment which is closely associated with scotland and scottish culture, although similar garments are worn in other parts of the united kingdom and the world in general. A classic kilt is easy to identify with its tartan, also known as plaid, pattern and deep pleats. In scotland, the kilt is treated as formal wear for men, although men may wear them on more casual occasions as well.

The history of the kilt is rather complex. It may help to start with the plaid, a garment which was traditionally wrapped around the waist and thrown over the shoulder by the celts. Over time, celtic communities developed their own styles and fashions for wearing these garments. Pleated garments were also worn by other northern european cultures, presumably because they helped the wearers stay warm in inclement weather.

The word kilt means to tuck clothing up around the body, and this was exactly how early kilts were worn. The modern form of the kilt emerged around the 1700s, as a wraparound pleated garment which buckled on, rather than being belted and tucked. This kilt was much easier to handle than earlier variations, and it quickly became popular.

In 1746, king george II actually banned the wearing of the kilt, along with other traditional aspects of highland dress, in an attempt to control the rebellious scottish tribes. As often happens when something is banned, the ban actually popularized the kilt, and many people starting wearing the kilt in solidarity with the scottish tribes, or as a sign of rebellion. By the time the ban was ended in 1782, the kilt had become closely associated with scottish culture and heritage.

Full highland dress includes a kilt, a sporran or pouch, and an assortment of other items including special hose, a type of knife called a sgian dubh, a formal shirt, and a jacket. Many people create their own variations for comfort and style, although when the kilt is worn as a uniform, certain restrictions may be applied. Some military brigades include the kilt in their formal uniforms, and kilts are also worn by bagpipers. kilts can be seen at weddings, the workplace, sporting events, and parades, along with many other places.

For more information read these e-books ...

kiltbook "kilts & tartan - made easy"
(english pdf)

kiltbook "the national dress of scotland"
(english pdf)


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