The production process of a genuine handmade kilt is about 19 hrs.
The amount of material for a normal kilt is about 7-8 yd, depending on the check and the way the kilt needs to be pleated.
These are the two main reasons why a REAL kilt is expensive as it is. Skilled hands take about 2 1/2 day to make a proper kilt.
It starts with measuring the client, then cutting the material and depending how it should be pleated. A very ancient and skillfull process lines up the check on the rear in handdeep pleads. All handstiched together. The lining consists of horsehair and cotton.
Making kilts is a hundred years old tradition and skill. The real kilts will stay oke for many many years. Kilts have been known to been handed down through the families for 3 generations or more.
The characteristics of wool proof the kilt to be perfect for both summer and winter. It insulates heat and cold, just the way you want it.
Wool is woven in a traditional way. Often on old looms. And has a kilting selfedge. This means that the under edge of a kilt never shows a seam (only tiny seams to give the kilt a straight edge on the bottom. Some weavers have dismissed the double with looms (140cm) and only weave single with cloth.
A real kilt will easily last you a lifetime. If it looses colour, real kilts can be reversed by a skilled kiltmaker and last you a second life-time.
Be wise, buy sensible.
Although they might look nice, they are NOT genuine Handmade kilts.
These kilts are being made in Pakistan or China, where the kiltmakers receive hardly
any pay for this poor quality kilts.
They are usually made from acryllic wool (plastic) and very fire-hazardous.
The label says : "Genuine scottish DESIGN" (that is correct, but not MADE in scotland)
"Authentic woven Tartan"... this means absolutely nothing.
Be sure you know what your buying.
(picture: Courtesy of the Scottish Tartans Authority)