Advice for Kilt Wearers
A Kilt is basically a pleated, wrapped skirt. The back half of
the kilt is pleated, the front half is the made of two
overlapping panels. A true kilt is completely handmade.
The tartan kilt has been the most famous cultural tradition of
Scotland. The first tartans were designed by individual weavers
and later adapted to identify individual districts and then
clans and families.
The plaid now has become more of a fashion garment for the
elite. The precise manufacturing and replication made possible
by the industrial revolution has allowed the mass production of
The modern tailored kilt is box-pleated or knife-pleated, with
the pleats sewn in and the lower edges reaching not lower than
the centre of the knee-cap.
The kilt is traditionally for men only, although in the modern
era, women have also taken up the kilt as well as dresses
patterned after kilts. Girls wear Kilten skirts.
Scottish kilts, tartans, highland wear; kilt hire and kilt
accessories are available on sale from various scottish
retailers and manufacturers. Around the turn of the last
century, several companies--including Utilikilts, Twenty-First
Century Kilts, and Pittsburgh Kilts--began producing garments
that are often not tartan, and referring to their products as
Beware! Scottish kilts are not Scottish any more. The BBC
reported on December 1st, 2005 "Companies which imply tartan
products made in India are the product of Scotland could face
tougher sanctions. The Department of Trade of Scotland has
agreed to conduct an investigation into concerns raised by
Scottish tartan manufacturers about unfair trading practices."
So you must be clear whether kilts, which you purchase, are made
in Scotland. Particularly for a product like tartan, you need to
have confidence that you are buying genuine Scottish made goods.