Glossary of Terms

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The front part of a kilt


A tartan 'sett' which does not 'pivot' and reverse at given intervals


Traditional Scottish Bonnet


Celtic is often used to describe the languages and respective cultures of the 7 Celtic Nations: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, and Galicia but corresponds more accurately to the Celtic language family - of which six languages are spoken today: Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx (Goidelic languages) and Welsh, Breton and Cornish (Brythonic languages).


Small strips of tartan or woven material attached to a garter that is worn with the 'hose'


The dominant colour within a tartan design - the colour which would appear to be the background


This is a term often used incorrectly when companies imply that their kilt is made by hand. Hand-made can mean setting up the kilt by hand; however, sewn with a machine. It is important for you to determine whether the kilt is Hand-Sewn or Hand-Stitched, versus machine sewn.


This is another word misused as some will try to infer that the top of the pleats are hand-stitched. The pleats are often set up my hand yet machine sewn. It is important for you to know that your kilt and pleats are hand-stitched or hand-sewn. It is difficult for a machine sewn kilt to offer the proper shape for fit and comfort.


Hand-stitched refers to the ancient art of kilt making where the kilt maker would stitch the entire kilt by hand.


A type of thick knee high sock either knitted or woven that is worn with a kilt.
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