It wouldn’t be Scotland if we didn’t do something on Kilts. A kilt is a a garment that’s a knee-length skirt of pleated tartan material. It is traditionally worn by men as part of Scottish tradition. There also different forms of it and now also worn by women and girls. We went to visit Kinloch Anderson store and museum. Kinloch has been distributing kilts for over a century. is the premiere place for kilts in Scotland. Not only they sell Kilts, but have a museum to tell the history.
When we first arrived, I wasn’t sure how did kilts had to do with communication. I learned that different patterns can represent different things, being a form of communication. Clothes have the power to speak for us, without us saying a word. We learned that patterns not only represent heritage, but where someone could be from. I also learned the proper term for the pattern being Tartan. In America we call the pattern plaid, which in Scotland is referred to as Tartan.
They mentioned how they dressed the royals, such as the British royal family. We learned that they are not too vocal on royal or famous people they service, because of the media and association. If someone does something controversial, they don’t want to be associated with that person, and have their business in trouble. Therefore, they are not very public on who they service. We also saw a live demonstration of how a kilt is made. The presenter also let us feel the kilt fabric, which was really thick.
After the presentation we had the chance to explore the store.
The gave me an in depth look into the kilt Scottish culture. Prior to the trip, I just associated kilts with Scottish culture. I learned it is something much more than fabric pattern, but something that represent a longline of pride and family.