The Kilt: Types And Trivia

When it comes to Scotland, there is no doubt that one of the primary staples of the land is the kilt.  This piece of clothing, which arguably looks like a skirt, has had a lasting impact on the world.  As a further exploration, take a look at the different styles and fun trivia about this plaid patterned apparel.

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Basic Kilt styles:

  •  Traditional – Usually expensive and worn for formal occasions often.  This style uses “setting” as a pleating technique, meaning the folds in the garment allow a continuation of pattern all around.  These kilts also use a lot of material and come up a few inches above the hips.
  • Casual – Best for informal occasions.  This style is a slimmed down version of the traditional kilt, meaning less fabric, less pleating, less warmth, and a shorter length beginning right at the waist.  On the plus side, these kilts provide good mobility.
  • Fashion – Deviating from the traditional fabrics and plaid tartan patterns, these kilts are designed to look trendy and high profile.  Patterns, materials, and styles vary by designer
  • Utility – A kilt for the working man, sometimes with pockets.  Comfort and functionality are key here.
  • The Great Kilt – Called “Feileadh Mor”, this is worn primarily for historical reenactments and not intended for daily wear.  It is longer than the traditional kilt and complicated to put on.

Scottish Man’s Kilt:

Scottish Man's Kilt

And here are some random and interesting facts about kilts:

  •  Though the kilt is most commonly connected with Scotland, as well as sometimes Ireland and Wales, it is not exclusive to those places.  Other countries have also created their own version of this beloved garment, including Denmark, Japan, and Canada.
  • The kilt is more than just a funny looking garment.  It is also found among religious groups to celebrate their relationship with Scotland.
  • The kilt is used in marketing by some companies including whiskey brands Johnny Walker and Glemorangle, as well as American Express and Microsoft.  These companies have designed their own tartan pattern and use the “feel good” kilt association in their marketing.
  • Kilts have military status.  They are sometimes used as part of uniforms.  The “Black Watch”, which is still around today, was the first official regimental tartan.  The British Army and Commonwealth countries continue to wear kilts as part of their daily uniform.  However, kilts have been absent from being worn in combat since 1940.
  • The “MacBean”, worn by Alan Bean, is the only tartan to ever be worn on the moon.  This appeared on the Apollo 12 in November 1969.
  • The average kilt consists of around 8 yards of material, weighs about 4.5-5 pounds, and takes about 15 hours of unstoppable work to make.

Union Kilt:

Union Kilt

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