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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- 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)
- Fine product! ICG
Quality Price ValueBeautiful plaid. The item is finished wonderfully. Edging is great. (Posted on 12/12/2018)
- Fast customer service Dan
Price Value QualityThe product is great and quality is excellent. Fast delivery and customer service was wonderful. I will send people to this site. (Posted on 6/14/2018)
- Great Product, great value. GC
Value Quality PriceGreat Product, great value. (Posted on 4/4/2018)
- Great Fly Plaid Jacob
Price Value QualityI own a county mayo tartan kilt from USA Kilts, I wanted the matching fly plaid. I am very pleased with the quality of the tartan fabric. The order arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Thank you. (Posted on 2/23/2018)
- Just right... JD
Price Value QualityI cannot say enough about how great this fly plaid looks. USA Kilts always delivers the finest quality. Beyond that, however, it needs to be said that USA Kilts is incredibly well versed in tartan selection. I worked closely with Rocky to be sure that my fly plaid tartan came from the same mill as my kilt tartan. He was there to advise on each step of the purchasing process and engaged me as a customer with the greatest professionalism, knowledge and follow up. The price is by far the most fair in the market. I wore it for the first time, as a bagpiper, for an outdoor wedding on the coast of Maine and I lost count of the compliments it received from guests and even bystanders as I was walking to the ceremony! Thank you as always to USA Kilts for providing top notch service and only the finest quality! (Posted on 6/4/2017)
- Amazing Value/Quality JM
Price Value QualityI ordered this for my dad to wear on my wedding day. It came very quickly for it being a custom order, maybe 3 weeks. When I called the company to answer some remaining questions they were very helpful and professional. This product is of ultimate quality and customization. Thank You so much!! (Posted on 6/2/2017)
- Very detailed Merv
Price Value QualityRocky took the time to match up my Tartan with a kilt I had bought 15 years ago even finding the mill it was weaved at........ Great service and quality!!! (Posted on 3/23/2017)
- Great quality. Bayard
Value Quality PriceAs always the highest quality and prompt shipping. (Posted on 3/9/2017)
- Trusted professionals J.Cougar
Price Value QualityThe two best kilts I have were built by USA Kilts. The fly plaid was a match for one of them. They had my specs already in the system, never thought of anyone else. I prefer the purl and knot twist fringe. So, I just ordered a little long, extended the brush fringe to 3 1/2" by removing thread, and a $15 fringe twister tool and a few hours later, I had exactly what I wanted for under $100. The right materials. Great prices. Quick turnaround. Thanks guys. (Posted on 1/5/2017)
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