The tartan kilt was original created in the Highlands and by an English factory owner named Thomas Raulinsen at the beginning of the 18th century. All the employees working in his factory were told to wear traditional Scottish dresses known as the Great Belted Plaid. The plaid often featured a checkered pattern and was very voluminous and also dangerous for the workers working in the factory.
In order to avoid any casualties or keep his workers safe, the factory owner decided to create a new plaided garment that featured the same folds from the Great Belted Plaid but was very shorter and therefore much more practical for work.
You might be wondering that how a piece of clothing that was designed to be worn in factories by an Englishman became the Scottish national dress?
Well, that is because of the Scottish soldiers of the Highland regiment who served the British army. They chose this dress because it was more practical and comfortable piece of clothing compared to a very tight uniform that was used at that time. However, soon after the defeat, the Scots weren’t allowed to wear any kilts. They were banned in 1746 from wearing any of the traditional Scottish clothing. In 1782, the ban was lifted and people were allowed to wear their kilts again.
The main part of kilt becoming the national dress of Scotland was played by the King George and Queen Victoria, both of them showed a keen interest for the kilt and the tartan pattern that it featured. After that the local people showed interest to kilt as well and that gave birth to bunch of factories that used to build tartan for the kilt. Nowadays, you are going to see a lot of small industries in England that offer a wide variety of kilts.
Not only the kilt has changed over the few decades but the yard has grown too. In the 19th century, the kilts only came in 5 yards and featured pleated stripe. With the latest technology and machinery inside of big factories, there are now many variations of yards and more complex and unique designs.
Modern Utility Kilt:
The tartan kilt s a knee-length and pleated garment usually worn by men. As already mentioned above, it all comes from the Scottish highlands. Tartan kilt or Utility Kilt is very similar to the older version of kilts known as Great kilt. The tartan kilt is normally made up of wool and is characterized by a tartan pattern.
Traditionally, the tartan pattern represents a certain lineage of a family and a corresponding clan. Nowadays, you can pick any tartan pattern you like. The traditional tartan kilt came with large socks known as Kilt Hose and other accessories that are required to achieve the Highland style.