The Kilt


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The Scottish kilt displays uniqueness of design, construction, and convention which differentiate it from other garments fitting the general description. It is a tailored garment that is wrapped around the wearer's body at the natural waist starting from one side (usually the wearer's left), around the front and back and across the front again to the opposite side. The fastenings consist of straps and buckles on both ends, the strap on the inside end usually passing through a slit in the waistband to be buckled on the outside; alternatively it may remain inside the waistband and be buckled inside.

A kilt covers the body from the waist down to the center of the knees. The overlapping layers in front are called "aprons" and are flat. The single layer of fabric around the sides and back is pleated. A kilt pin is fastened to the front apron on the free corner. Underwear may or may not be worn, as the wearer prefers, although tradition has it that a "true Scotsman" should wear nothing under his kilt. The Scottish Tartans Authority, however, warns that in some circumstances the practice could be "childish and unhygienic" and flying "in the face of decency."

The typical kilt as seen at modern Highland games events is made of twill woven worsted wool. The twill weave used for kilts is a "2–2 type", meaning that each weft thread passes over and under two warp threads at a time. The result is a distinctive diagonal-weave pattern in the fabric which is called the twill line. This kind of twill, when woven according to a given sett or written color pattern is called tartan. In contrast kilts worn by Irish pipers are made from solid-color cloth, with saffron or green being the most widely used colors.

Source: Wikipedia
  1. The Scottish are the people who live in   .

  2. To wear a proper kilt, one has to   .

  3. The kilt is worn   .

  4. Traditionally, kilts are worn by   .

  5. It is true that   .


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  1. Who usually wear kilts? Why?

  2. Does your country have a distinct kind of clothing? If yes, what is it?


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