The fly plaid is the "cape looking piece of cloth" that goes over the left shoulder of the wearer. It is a simple square of cloth, typically 46" X 46", with fringed edges and a box pleat sewn in one corner.
The modern fly plaid originated with the traditional Féileadh Mòr (Great Plaid) worn in the Scottish Highlands. The Great Plaid was a large piece of cloth, which by the 16th century measured up to 8.2 metres (9.0 yards) in length, half of which was pleated and belted about the waist, while the upper half was draped over the left shoulder, was then gathered in front and could be used as a cloak and hood during inclement weather.
The fly plaid harkens back to that garment and was introduced in the 18th century when fashion dictated a switch to the modern kilt. The fly plaid replaced that portion of the Great Kilt that was draped over the shoulder. It is always worn in the same tartan or colour as the modern kilt, and should be made from the same fabric so that the sett and colours match exactly. It is typically worn only for formal functions and is paired with a jacket and vest and a plaid brooch.
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- Really nice Carver
Value Quality PriceNice addition to my kilt kit. Clean and sharp quality sewing. Good looking tartan. (Posted on 1/19/2021)
- Great plaid! Otto
Price Value QualityThis plaid was exactly what i was looking for! Thank you. I used it today as a neck wrap during a 6 mile hike in an ice storm. It kept me warm. (Posted on 1/1/2021)
- Tartan fly Janice
Quality Price ValueMy order arrived safe and sound. The tartan fly which I had ordered was every-thing I had hoped it would be and more. Very pleased. Great service. Will definitely order again. Thanks. (Posted on 4/7/2020)
- Lacks fulness cathinst
Quality Price ValueThis could be a lot fullter. (Posted on 3/20/2020)
- Excellent product Duck
Value Quality PriceThe fly plaid arrived sooner than expected, exact match to my kilt. Very high quality! Good price (Posted on 2/14/2020)
- Excellent craftsmanship, fit, and price Ron
Price Value QualityWas very pleased and surprised that it exactly matches a kilt made many years ago. Ecstatic with this purchase( and all my others) from USA Kilts. (Posted on 1/29/2020)
- Very good LJ
Price Value QualityPurchased to complete my formal dress options. As described and came pretty quick. As always will be a return customer. (Posted on 1/28/2020)
- First rate Rico
Price Value QualityWell made and fast delivery. Always a pleasure doing business with USA. Rocky and Co. are our band go to. Sporting the American Heritage tartan. (Posted on 8/30/2019)
- Safe bet Scott
Quality Price ValueThe products are excellent quality and service is impeccable this is a safe bet for great online purchases I highly recommend them. (Posted on 8/16/2019)
- Exceeds expectations Aodhàn Crawford
Price Value QualityAmazing quality, simply a must when ordering your family tartan for when it is needed on random formal occasions.
This item was beautifully sewn and easy to put on. This is easily the finest quality Fly Plaid you will ever purchase. (Posted on 2/5/2019)
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