In a kilt, a man is half and half.”
Following the Viking and Norman invasion of the British Isles in the 8th century, kilts are believed to have originated in the Scottish Highlands during the 16th century. It is believed that the Danish term “kilte,” which means “to tuck up,” was derived from either the Old Scandinavian word “kjalta,” which meant “tucking up a garment or securing hanging fabric with a belt,” or from the Old Norse word “kjilt,” which meant “pleated or folded fabric layers.”
It does not matter what the situation is, Scottish regiments of the British Army still wear kilts as a sign of rebelliousness and warriorship. Celtic/Gaelic tribes spread kilts across Europe and around the world. Since the Dark Ages, the kilt has become a powerful symbol of Scottish pride in the traditions of many cultures that have been influenced by Celtic culture. Kilts are worn by anyone who wishes to demonstrate solidarity and kinship with the Highlanders of Scotland, regardless of their bloodline.
The Albanian kilt, also known as a Greek fustanella, the Japanese hakama, the East African kikoi, the Indian lungi, the Mexican and Native American sapeta, the Fijian sulu, the Tongan tupenu, the sarongs and lava-lavas in Greater Polynesia (the Pacific Islands), and unbifurcated robes and tunics like the Japanese kim.
Which kilt is right for me? Tartan, carpenter, solid, and camouflage kilts. Kilts that cost thousands and ones that cost jeans.
Designers have always tried to stand out to attract customers, and we wear kilts for many reasons. Kilts have been around for a long time. It sticks out since the kilt is undoubtedly the most macho garment, and people tend to notice your confidence when you put one on. Wearing a kilt outside draws attention. People will ask questions. They’ll take photographs of you.
As more guys wear the kilt, our understanding will hopefully increase as the kilt evolves out of formal dress and costume.
Marvel at the power of the Kilt!