The kilt is a knee-length garment with pleats at the back, originating in the traditional dress of men and boys in Scotland. It is normally made of woolen cloth (although there are also linen and cotton kilts).

Variants

In modern times kilt designs have been influenced by style trends amongst ethnic Scots from Glasgow to Sydney. The meaning of the word “kilt” varies depending on where it is being used. In North America and Australia it generally means a type of skirt that hangs below the waist; in Scotland, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand it refers to a full-length garment similar to trousers which can be worn either as an item of clothing or for ceremonial occasions such as weddings.

History

The kilt is a knee-length garment with pleats at the back, originating in the traditional dress of men and boys in Scotland. It is normally made of woolen cloth (although there are also linen and cotton kilts). The word “kilt” has various different meanings: it can refer to a type of skirt that hangs below the waist, such as a breechclout; or it can refer to a full-length garment similar to trousers which can be worn either as an item of clothing or for ceremonial occasions.

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A kilt displays no leg-skimming pleats like those found in other types of Eastern and Western skirts such as a Maxi skirt, rather the pleats hang vertically from waist level. The typical kilt is knee-length but can be any length down to calf or ankle length (a “lobster tail”).

The word comes from Old English cīcan meaning “to cover”. It was originally Scots who introduced this garment during the 18th century.

The kilt first became popular in the 18th century when Scottish clans adopted it as part of their traditional dress to wear instead of kilts made from animal hide and called “trews.” The tartan pattern for which they are most well known was developed during this period, although it may have been introduced as early as the 16th century.

The origins of the modern kilt

Thomas Rawlinson was one of the earliest people to wear a kilt in England, and he had it custom-made by an Edinburgh tailor who would later become known as “Kilts” Adam.

In 1822, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) returned from exile with his French wife Princess Louise Marie Thérèse de Montbrison and introduced the kilt to London society when he attended a soiree at Carlton House organized by the Prince Regent.

The first written mention of kilts in America is found in 1824, describing them as “a dress consisting of shirt, pants or skirt.” It wasn’t until 1994 that they were officially recognized as Scottish wear.

Who Invented The Kilt?

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