I saw this recently on FamilySearch – The Scottish Kilt – FamilySearch October 2, 2019: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/scottish-kilt/.
The Scottish kilt, also known as the national dress of Scotland, can be traced back to the 16th century. The belted plaid has changed in look over the centuries and holds historical and family significance to many who claim a Scottish heritage.
How Did the Original Belted Plaid Differ from Today’s Scottish Kilt?
The Belted Plaid
Traditionally, the kilt was first known as the feilidh-mor (pronounced something like “feela more,” depending on the dialect) meaning “great wrap.” It was worn by men and boys as a full-length garment. The wearer had the great wrap arranged so it hit above the knees in front and hung longer in the back. The long tartan (woven cloth) was gathered into folds and belted around the body. Then, the excess fabric could be draped over a shoulder for protection against the elements or for a show of wealth!
Don’t have any known Scottish relatives, but it’s only a matter of time before some show up.