When it comes to kilts, there are two main options: Irish Kilts and Scottish Kilts. There are many different misconceptions about the differences between these two types of kilts, so we’re here to set the record straight. In this blog post, you’ll learn how they differ in design and construction as well as their cultural significance. We hope that by reading this article you will be able to make an informed decision on which type of kilt is best for your needs!
What is a kilt?
A kilt is a knee-length garment that can be worn as an outer or undergarment in Scotland. It takes its name from the Gaelic word “ceileidh” which means to gather up, and this garment was traditionally wrapped around the upper body and fastened by large pins called sporrans on each side of the front.
A kilt is made up of a heavy, tartan fabric pleated on the front and back which gives it its distinctive shape. These folds are secured by woven leather straps called “tartan tassels.” The excess material in the middle is then draped over each side so that it hangs down as a large skirt (or “skirtlet”) on the front and back.
The History of the Scottish Kilt
It is one that is riddled with both folklore and great debate. It’s not entirely clear who was the original designer of the kilt, but most credit either Sir James Balfour or Thomas Rawlinson for its creation. Scottish kilts are made of a particular type of wool, and the patterns are often dictated by clan.
It is said that it was born from the need to cover up while going about their daily lives in Highland Scotland. It’s also suggested that they may have been created as an economical alternative to more expensive clothing like breeches or trews, which were made of leather.
One of the famous story about the creation of the kilt comes from a man named Sir James Balfour, who is said to have invented it after he was captured by an enemy clan during peacetime and needed something to wear out in farmlands that were crawling with snakes. He also had his clansmen make them for future battles.
The kilt soon became popular as a garment that blended functionality and style, which is how it remains today.
The History of the Irish Kilt
The origins of the “Irish Kilt” can be traced back to 16th century Ireland when England colonized it, which led many people into wearing English clothing styles. The first sighting dates back to 18th century France where they were worn by French citizens who were at war with Britain. English soldiers serving abroad had learned about them and reintroduced it in Ireland where they quickly became popular among the Irish people, particularly those living on the edges of Scotland’s highlands.
Differences between Ireland and Scotland kilts
The Irish kilt is a garment of the traditional dress worn by males in Ireland. The Scottish Kilt is a similar garment, which originated back when the Scots were under English rule and was later adopted as their national costume.
A typical Irish kilt can be made from any material that pleases the wearer but wool tartan cloth is the most traditional material. They are usually knee-length with pleats sewn on the back to allow for more room in front and a slit at the side seam. The garment is secured by means of an adjustable belt, or lacing over a shoulder (crossed) or under one arm (simple).
A Scottish kilt is typically made of woolen cloth in a tartan pattern. They are made to wrap around the body and fastened at the waist with buckles or buttons, most often falling below knee-length but not always (particularly older styles).
The Irish Kilt is usually worn for ceremonial purposes such as weddings whereas they Scottish kilt is worn more commonly on a day-to-day basis, often with a pair of heavy woolen trews.
The Irish kilt is made to sit on the hips and then pleats are sewn down from there. The Scottish Kilt can be worn in either highland style (fastened at the waist) or lowland style (reaching lower than the waist).