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February 2015

Diving in a kilt

By USA Kilts February 27, 2015

We thought this picture of our customer (and friend) was too funny not to share. You can go ANYWHERE in our kilts... land, sea or air!  Our friend, Ron, recently took a trip to the Grand Caymans where he's a dive instructor and wore one of our kilts on his dives.

 

Diving in a kilt

 

Diving in a kilt 2

New Kilt Model - Top Stitched 8 Yard Kilt (WITH RUSH Option!)

By USA Kilts February 23, 2015

After much R & D (and taking a construction cue from some of our Scottish peers), we are adding a new kilt to our lineup. The Top Stitched 8 Yard kilt.

 

We've been asked for our Premier 8 Yard Kilts, but with our rush option (out the door in 3 weeks). We've never offered them with a rush b/c they take so long to make that they must be scheduled into production. Looking critically at our process of kilt construction, the longest part of the construction process in a Premier 8 Yard kilt is the sewing of the pleats inside out. That literally takes up 45% of the time in producing the kilt.


Well, after making and testing a few for store inventory and for store employees, we've come up with a design that STILL HAS the same internal construction bits of our Premier kilts, but we top stitch the pleats (like on our 5 yarders) to save time and allow us to offer the kilts at a lower price point (AND have a rush option available).

 

Without further ado, I give you our Top Stitched 8 Yard kilt:  http://www.usakilts.com/top-stitched-8-yard-wool-kilt.html

 

Top Stitched 8 Yard Kilt Fringe and Straps

 

Top Stitched 8 Yard Kilt Pleats and Buckles

 

Top Stitched 8 Yard Kilt Pleats

 

Top Stitched 8 Yard Kilt

Welsh Kilt

By USA Kilts February 12, 2015

Historically speaking (100 years ago +), the Welsh did not wear the kilt or "cilt" as they spell it, but with the rise in popularity of the kilt in the mid 1990’s and registration of the Irish County tartans in 1996, the Welsh felt a surge in their Celtic pride as well.  The Welsh tartans, which cover 35 surnames and 2 Universal designs, were registered a few years later in the year 2000.

 

Wanting to honor tartan and the kilt, but not directly copy a Scottish tradition, the Welsh tartans were designed to be slightly different from their Scottish counterparts.  They are designed with a different warp (horizontal lines on the kilt) and weft (vertical lines on the kilt).  This gives them a more “rectangular” or “striped” appearance where typical Scottish tartans have more of a “square / box” appearance.

 

Here is an example of a Scottish Tartan, MacLean Duart Red Modern.  We've taken the image and placed next to the exact same image turned 90*.  Note that the image looks effectively the same: 

 

  MacLean Duart Tartan  MacLean Duart Tartan

 

 

Here is an image of the Welsh tartan, Howell.  We've taken the image and placed it next to the exact same image, turned 90*.  Note that the tartan looks different in the 2 photographs.  Focus on the wide red stripes running one direction and the thin red stripes running the opposite direction: 

 

Howell Tartan  Howell Tartan

 

 

Welsh highland wear accessories are another way that the Welsh like to differentiate themselves from the Scots and Irish accessories on the market.  Welsh accessories often come in gold or with gold accents.  This helps to differentiate them from the chrome / silver finish of Scottish and Irish highland wear.  Their sporrans also typically have 2 tassels instead of 3 that the Scots have. 

Here are several examples of Welsh accessories, juxtaposed with Scottish accessories:

 Welsh and Scottish Belt Buckles

 

Welsh and Scottish Kilt Pins

 

Welsh and Scottish Sporrans

 

The most common element of our Welsh kilt accessories is the Welsh Dragon which is emblazoned on their flag. 

 Welsh Flag

 

The wonderful thing about the Welsh tartans, aside from their originality, is the fact that they are all woven in Wales.  The Welsh Tartan Centre (the company who owns the copyright on the Welsh Tartans) has all their wool cloth woven at the Cambrian Woollen Mill in Powys, Wales.  The Cambrian Woollen Mill is over 185 years old and while there was a large weaving industry in Wales in the mid 19th century, today it stands as one of the last woollen mills in Wales.   When you buy a kilt made from Welsh tartans, you are truly supporting Welsh craftspeople. 

 Cambrian Woollen Mill

 

There are 37 registered Welsh tartans, which have been growing in popularity since their design in 2000.  If you’re interested in Welsh tartans or accessories, we are happy to help!   Iechyd Da!