If you have ever looked at the clothing of each country you will realize that each place and each culture has a different way of identifying itself. While it is true that there are countries that have a similar way of dressing and being fashionable, others have a somewhat different concept. In this sense, the clothes of some countries may surprise you if you are not used to seeing them regularly. For example, the peculiar outfits that we can find in Scotland.
Scotland is a beautiful, incredible country, full of history and with outfits that will not leave you indifferent. One of the aspects that most identify this country and that most attract attention to any other, it is the way many of its male inhabitants dress. They have a traditional way of dressing using a traditional Scottish skirt, a piece of clothing that they wear with pride since it is the most representative symbol of their culture.
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The origin of the kilt
The Scottish skirt is known all over the world and its pattern is peculiar and is used in many fashions because it is really beautiful. The colors that combine between red, black, white or brown are very good (but they can be combined with other colors). The kilt is also traditionally known as the Kilt.
The origin of this skirt is said to come from the high areas or Highlands of Scotland. The climate in this place is very changeable and there are usually quite a lot of torrential rains, and the use of the skirt in the men in this place served so that when it rained the lower part of the pants would not get wet. It was a practical way to avoid having to wash clothes over and over again because of stains. We do not know who invented it, but it became very popular among men who saw its use very normalized.
Also, became even more popular and famous thanks to the many victories of the Scottish army in the highlands and seeing this piece of clothing in men, little by little it began to gain great fame.
What is kilt exactly
The kilt or lack of Kilt began as a piece of cloth about five meters long that was fastened around the body of the man with a belt and the excess material was collected for that it was not a discomfort when walking or walking and was placed on the shoulder. So that this piece of cloth placed on the shoulder did not fall to the ground, it was fastened with a clasp.
As the years went by, the part of the brooch stopped being used since it canceled a little the ability of the movement of the men who used it and they realized that it was more practical. have the skirt only without having to pass a piece of fabric over the shoulder.
This kilt or kilt was generally made with wool fabric and with very peculiar color designs that were alternated in the form of a grid, that is, they always had the same pattern. This grid pattern of the kilt is known as tartan.
What is tartan
The tartan serves to identify the owner of the skirt. The more colors and quality they have kilts will show others that the owner who owns and uses it has a higher social position. This is a bit like the clothes you are used to and clothing brands, when A person has very expensive clothes or with a particular brand that is known to be expensive and of good quality, it shows how the person has a higher social position since they do not mind spending more money on a piece of clothing. Although of course, this is not the case either since little by little people begin to understand that social position does not always have to do with the clothes that are worn.
In addition, the color combination of the kilt or kilt could vary depending on the activity carried out by the man who was wearing it. For example, kilts with darker colors served as a camouflage for hunting or for times of war. The tartan was also used by ancient clans or by families from different areas to be able to recognize members of your community and differentiate yourself from others. Let's say that each family or community clan could have a different tartan.
Are you not wearing anything under your kilt?
Perhaps you have ever heard that Scottish men when they wear the kilt do not wear anything under their clothes. In a way it may be totally true as there is a tradition that true Scots should not wear anything under their kilt ... that is, they will not wear underwear or anything that resembles it.
Although of course, I suppose that in order to know if this is the case today, it will be necessary to ask a Scotsman who is wearing the fault if he is wearing underwear or not.
Other peculiar clothes from Scotland
In addition to the Kilt, there are also other peculiar and traditional clothes in Scotland that are worth mentioning. One of them is the leather bag hanging on the waist of people (usually men) and called sporran. They also usually wear a cap and when it is cold a scarf in the same tartan that they use in the kilt to match. In this way it is a way of honoring their ancestors since it is how it was used originally and that is why they continue to use it the same.
It is true that it is not very common to find people who dress in this way on the streets, but the Scots and their descendants do it regularly when they celebrate an event between them. Important events for them can be a national holiday, the wedding of a loved one, a sporting event ... etc.