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History of the Kilt

It is believed the kilt first appeared as the great kilt during the 16th century and is Gaelic in origin. The Kilt at that time was a full-length garment whose upper half could be worn as a cloak draped over the shoulder, or brought up over the head. The fabric was at first pleated, ten wrapped around the body and belted, with a skirt like lower half, and an upper portion that wrapped over the shoulder. Indeed, dressed in such a way, the men were often referred to as ‘red shanks’ (or bare-legged) and prided themselves on their ability to withstand the rigors of the wet and harsh climate. There also was a smaller kilt, or walking kilt as it...

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Pleating, the Art of...

Pleating is an art and there are three basic ways in which to pleat fabric: by hand, patterns or machine. These three separate forms of pleating can be combined to create different results and looks. 1. Hand Pleating. The art of hand pleating is whereby a piece of fabric is folded by hand, to create a pleat and then to repeat this method so as to create pleat by pleat, fold by fold. This is a very time consuming method of pleating although it is much easier with tartans and checks since the repeat of the design can be used as a guide when arranging the folds. This method of pleating is not very practical and we use it only...

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