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Sporran avaThe folk dress of Scotland is pretty popular and famous, so perhaps you already know something about it. But we might reveal new facts and details of it in this article. Or at least, we’d like to share the photos of some cute Scottish garments and accessories. The authentic clothing is always wonderful, and weird for the outsiders, and skillfully made, and just plain beautiful.

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Weaving loom avaWeaving looms around the world are built on the same principle but they are slightly different in each country. It’s actually natural that the craft of weaving in Scotland differ from the one in Ukraine or in India. So, there are special tricks and secrets of using a traditional loom in each country. Here is a short tutorial on how to weave on a traditional Scottish weaving loom.

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dealgan avaSpinning is one of the oldest clothing crafts in the world. Centuries ago, people used to make clothes at home, and they sewed it from hand-made fabrics that they had to produce themselves. In different countries, the process and tools for spinning and weaving differ. Let’s talk about Scottish drop spindle and the local spinning technique. Interesting fact: the thick end of the oldest known spindles in Scotland often were shaped like an animal's paw pads. Cute, isn’t it?

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Tartan avaScottish kilt and many folk accessories (caps, bags, shawls, etc.) in Scotland are made from special tartan fabric. Historically, tartan is handmade – it was woven on weaving looms. Today, it is mostly industrially produced. But in this article, we’ll talk about a place where you can order any amount of tartan, even the fabric for a single kilt or a “patch” of unique tartan design. The fabric here is only half-handmade because the looms are motorized, so the weavers don’t have to use foot pedals to weave. But still, a lot of work is made by hand and the weavers control the process thoroughly.

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full formal kilt avaLet’s find out how to put on the full formal Prince Charlie outfit. Dr. Nick Fiddes, the governor of the Scottish Tartans Authority, will kindly share a few personal tips and tricks with you. He will show you the order of choosing and wearing the garments, which he finds works best. You can really feel like a manly man in a properly worn highland outfit.

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kilt avaTraditional dress of Scotland, which is also called the highland dress, changes our understanding of men's costume. Women's outfit is more familiar to us unlike men's kilt. No matter what, Scottish national dress is interesting and extraordinary. And also it is rather hard to put on a kilt and all the accessories correctly, especially when to talk about the phillabeg style of a kilt. You'll need some practice and knowledge for that.