The Great Kilt
The Great Kilt, also known as “Feileadh Mòr” in Scottish Gaelic, is a traditional garment that has been a part of Scottish culture for centuries. Its origins can be traced back to the 16th century, It was worn by Highland clansmen for protection and ease of movement during hunting and battle. The "belted plaid" variation, with pleating around the waist. This was typically made of wool, which was a readily available material in Scotland, and measured around 5-8 yards in length. It was traditionally worn by wrapping it around the waist and then draping the remaining fabric over the shoulder and across the body.
This created a warm, protective layer against the harsh Scottish weather and allowed for freedom of movement. It got evolved over time and different variations emerged. One popular style was the "belted plaid," which involved pleating the fabric around the waist and then securing it with a leather belt. This allowed for easier movement.
At Scottish Kilt, we offer the Great Kilt with the option of “Cheater pleats” for your convenience. Alternatively, it can be left un-pleated. The kilt features a fringed apron edge and tailored belt loops. With 'cheater pleats', you'll receive a double-width, pleated garment with belt loops on the outer side. To wear, simply lay the kilt on the ground, insert the belt, and fold over the aprons. The upper half will drape over the top. Today, the Great Kilt remains an important symbol of Scottish culture and heritage. Many people continue to wear it for special occasions like weddings, ceilidhs, and other traditional events. Wrapping it around is surely not an easy task and takes practice and skill, but the end result is a unique and striking look that is sure to turn heads.
How Do I Wrap A Great Kilt?
we recommend seeking guidance from an experienced kilt wearer or instructional resources when it comes to wrapping a Great Kilt. The process involves pleating and fastening the fabric around the waist with a belt and securing the excess fabric over the shoulder with a brooch.
What's The Difference Between A Great Kilt & A Modern Kilt?
The Great Kilt was a traditional garment worn in the Scottish Highlands, while the modern kilt is a shorter and lighter garment that typically falls to the knee. At Scottish Kilt, we offer both types of kilts to meet the needs of our customers.
How Do I Choose The Right Size?
We recommend measuring your waist and hips, and choosing the size that matches your largest measurement to ensure the perfect fit for your kilt.