8886Re: [SCA Newcomers] RE: dances_with_salmon
- Sep 1, 2006Here is the site I used "How to Wrap the Great Kilt".
It has clear photographic instructions.
A great kilt is basically a 60 inch (salvage to
salvage) piece of plaid. Some times two narrower
pieces are sewn together this is more historically
accurate (25 sewn to 25 for fifty which is common
width in the time period or 30 sewn to 30 for the full
60). They are typically between 4 and 6 yard wide,
either hemmed or hemmed to fringe. Some times they
are fringed all the way around, which looks great but
is a lot of work.
Tartans of the time likely more closely resembled a
checkered table cloth than the tartans of today.
Tartans like Northumberland, Rob Roy, Moncrieff, Gow
Clan and Shepherd's Plaid are the closest to the old
tartans and are often commercially available. Robin
Hood and Braveheart are fanciful tartans that maintain
the old style.
The earliest mention of the great kilt according to
Matthew A. C. Newsome (of
http://albanach.org/quair.html from SCOTTISH ARTICLES)
comes from the Life of Red Hugh ODonnell, written in
Irish Gaelic in 1594. He described the great kilt as
an outer garment worn over a tunic called a leine.
Numerous sources and patterns exist for making a 16th
century leine. Commonly called a saffron shirt, though
they were in fact full length tunic, leine are often
referred to a pleated or having pleated skirts though
this is hardly true of every such garment.
Here are some possible links for the shirt, but there
are many others.
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