Most people have already read about the history of the kilt. The history of the kilt dates centuries back except Irish kilts. There are also certain family tartan patterns that are decades old. The history of the kilt is pretty interesting but I bet that you have no idea why we chose kilts over any other piece of garment.
So, the reason behind wearing kilts was pretty straightforward, kilts were very close to robes and they were also woven from wool, hence making it a perfect daily wear. As time went by, wool became available in larger quantities and then the “Great Kilt” came into existence. The Great Kilt had a lot of fabric on it and was worn with pleats, belts and if there’s some remaining cloth still hanging then that part had to be thrown over the shoulder. You will most likely to see one of those in a Scottish theme fair or party.
If you are from Scotland then you’d be familiar with the cold and uncertain climate. So, the group of shepherds decided to think about producing a garment that can help the wearer with rough weather situations. They would also need to make sure that the garment is light-weight and warm so that the wearer can wear it all day long.
So, they came up with Wool! It is known to be a perfect outdoor natural fabric material. The oil that is found in the sheep’s coats contains some special qualities that provides protection from harsh weather conditions.
The wool that is used in kilt production has certain properties that makes the fabric to keep its loft. The pockets on the kilt also has a quality that keeps the wearer warm even if the pockets are soaking wet. If you are wearing a kilt that keeps you warm even if it is wet, then cold nights won’t be a problem anymore. The kilt made from wool fabric was a great solution to their problems. It protected them from cold and wet climate conditions.
The kilt was coated with goose fat in order to provide extra durability. The goose fat also became more useful in getting rid of water from the kilt.
So, these were just few reasons why the early Scots decided to wear kilts then anyother garment. I tried to keep the article as simple and as easy-to-understandable as I could. If you enjoyed then make sure to share it with your fellow Scots!