House of Tartan
Supermarket Kilts Sell Out in a Day
that made the Guardian and Scotsman newspapers last week was
the launch of the "under £25" kilt from the Lidl supermarket and
these kilts sold out within the day. There was disappointed for
Scotsmen south of the border because the kilts were only available
in Scotland. Disappointment too because these kilts were not made
from wool nor were they of the traditional 8 yard traditional
variety much loved and cherished by Scotsmen around the world.
Gareth Maclean, writing in Mondays Guardian said, ... there's
still something wrong with this bargain-basement version of Scottish
national dress. Never mind that the shirt has an unpleasant echo of
early Spandau Ballet, the kilt simply doesn't have the import it
would if it cost what it should rather than what it can be made for
in a cut-price factory somewhere. Putting it on, you get no feeling
of the heritage of the outfit, no sense of its significance.
Instead, you're overwhelmed with the unpleasant sensation that
you're all set to head out on a stag night. In Reading.
We Scots love a
bargain but is this just taking it a step too far? Perhaps not,
certainly at the rate they sold out there must have been a strong
demand. But surely the cost of a pure new wool handmade kilt in your
own clan tartan that is cared for and worn with pride is a better
bargain as it represents our heritage and originates in Scotland
where the wool is woven and made by highly skilled kilt makers
that take the greatest of care in pleating and hand stitching for
individual customers. I do wonder where these kilts originate as
they are made from five yards of polyester viscose which even at
globally reduced prices leaves little profit. I dread to think what
the maker was paid.
On the other hand
Robert, from blogging from Dundee said, "unfortunately as much as I
would love to, I cant afford £300+ for the real thing. I
prefer these kilts as you can bung them in the washing machine
rather than have the expense of dry cleaning!"
If you want a kilt to
represent your Scottish heritage go the whole hog and buy a made to
measure handmade traditional 8 yard kilt in pure new wool and be
proud to wear it looked after carefully it should last a life time
HAND MADE KILTS
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