Tailoring yards of woollen cloth, by hand, into a perfectly fitting garment. Traditional kiltmaking is done entirely by hand.The kilt has been worn by men in the Scottish Highlands for centuries but the knee length kilt we know today became popular in the early 18th Century.
The kilt is one of the most distinctive and attractive national costumes in the world and has survived the passing of centuries with consummate ease. The basic elements of Highland dress has changed very little in 300 plus years. They're also just as likely to be worn by a Scottish regiment, a Russian Pipe Band, Scotland's ubiquitous Tartan Army or millions of those around the globe who bask in the warmth of genes from that cold and often misty little country stuck out in the North Sea.
The wearing of Highland dress was banned by the British Government (as well as the wearing of arms and the speaking of Gaelic) with the Dress Act of 1746 in an attempt to bring the Scottish clans under control after the Jacobite Risings. However it was during this 37 years of forbidden kilt wearing that the military (who could still wear it) developed the garment into a more fitting and tailored garment. The Victorians continued to develop tartan and kilts to eventually becoming the eight yard hand tailored garment we know today.
Kilts are associated with Scottish Highland dancing, with Scottish pipe bands, with the military and is the traditional dress for weddings and other celebrations. The kilt is an icon of Scottish culture and heritage and it is still an important symbol of family and being a Scot.