The Ancient Kilt is made from a long piece of single-width fabric, about 25" wide. This allows you to pleat the kilt with 2-3 yards left over that is worn over the shoulder as a plaid.
Made in the USA from our Homespun wool blend tartan. Our Homespun tartan is made from a 55/45 blend of polyester and wool. It is woven by hand on old-world looms, and looks very authentic to what would have been woven historically. The yarn is worsted, but not spun as tightly as modern machine-made tartan. The cloth is also not as tightly woven. Homespun tartan will pleat by hand easily, but will not develop a sharp edge. Small snags, pulls, holes and other assorted blemishes are common. Because it is hand woven, these flaws are a natural part of it's character. Homespun is approximately a 10/11 oz. fabric, but feels thicker due to it's looser weave.
Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. We ask for size information to be sure that your kilt will fit you correctly, but we do not pleat the kilt for you unless you also select Cheater Pleats¢ as an additional option.
Note Modern kilts are generally pleated so that the front apron of the kilt closes from left to right. For years this is how we've Cheater Pleated¢ our Ancient Kilts. However, many customers brought it to our attention that this makes it difficult to wear the plaid over the left shoulder, which is also customary.
So, we've decided to make all Ancient Kilts the other way front apron closing from right to left. This makes the aprons "backwards" compared to a modern kilt, but it allows the plaid to flow up and over the left shoulder. (This is the way Mel wears it in the Braveheart movie.)
Incidentally, plaid over left shoulder is not a hard and fast rule. It most likely originated as a practical way to keep the plaid off your sword arm. If you are left-handed, you will probably want to wear the plaid over your right shoulder. Just let us know we can Cheater Pleat¢ your kilt either way you want!
Special order. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery. We try to keep homespun in stock, but if the tartan you selected is temporarily out of stock, you may need to wait up to 8 weeks for delivery. We will contact you if we expect any delays.
A 6 yard kilt will fit up to about a 38 inch waist, an 8 yard kilt will fit up to about a 48 inch waist, and a 10 yard kilt will fit 50+ inch waist sizes. If you are much larger than this please contact us for pricing on larger kilts. Also, If your waist size is close to one of these limits, consider the next size larger if you want deeper pleats or pleats closer together. For example:
If you have a 38 inch waist, a 6 yd ancient kilt will have pleats 1.5 - 2 inches wide and 3-4 inches deep. An 8 yd ancient kilt will have pleats approximately 1 inch wide and 3-4 inches deep or 1.5 - 2 inches wide and 6-8 inches deep. In this example a 10 yd kilt would be overkill with a 38 inch waist, but it would have pleats about 1 inch wide and 6-8 inches deep. It would be possible to hand-pleat a kilt like this, but we couldn't Cheater Pleat¢ it for you, because it would be too thick for our sewing machine!
6 yds, $119 (fits up to about a 38in. waist)
8 yds, $159 (fits up to about a 48in. waist)
10 yds, $199 (fits 50in.+ waist sizes)
How to measure for your Ancient Kilt:
1) Measure the waist size at your actual waist, where you usually wear your pants.
2) Measure the length from your waist to about the middle of the knee.
Have someone help you. If you bend even a little while trying to do it yourself, the measurement will change.