DressCategory: Land + People
By Freda M. Buchanan
In Scotland, the kilt is made of tartan, and its shape and general appearance have changed many times as century succeeded century. But the garment itself does not go out of favour, however different the kinds of people who from time to time wear it.
After the First World War, great numbers of Scots began really to enjoy their own countryside, and taste the pleasures of carefree holidays in the open air. Walking, climbing, camping, they penetrated far afield. For this healthy physical exercise many of them found the kilt warm, comfortable, and convenient, and gradually what had been rather a rare sight became a usual one.
Now anybody who wants to wear it does so, be he Highlander, Lowlander, or the stranger within Scotland’s gates. It seems that the traditional dress of the Highlander has come to stay.
From Scotland and her People, London, 1961.