originally posted by: pheonix358
a reply to: Gordi The Drummer
How come their kilts are different from yours. I always thought that each clan had its own pattern.
A VERY good question!
and.... you are correct, each Clan had it's own tartan(s), so if you are from a particular clan, you should wear one of their tartans to represent
My family however are "Smiths".
(AND NO, Smith is NOT just an English name!)
Each clan had it's own Smiths.
They were the ones who produced all the tools, weapons, jewellery and hardware.
There were Goldsmiths and Silversmiths, but my family were all Blacksmiths, right through to my dad, who was born on a farm with an active Smithy's
Problem is... it's quite difficult to trace exactly which clan any particular Smith family are from!
But because every clan had it's Smiths... I reckon us Smiths can choose whichever tartan we like!! LOL
There are also many tartans now, which are not linked with any one clan, (and anyone can wear them).
I had my own Kilt made to order, many years ago, and I wanted an "earthy" one in browns or greens.
On looking through the pattern book, the first one that I liked was called "Ancient Weathered GORDON"!!!! and I knew that was the one for me.
It's quite a rare tartan however, and is not generally available, so when I decided recently to buy Kilts for my boys to wear to that wedding, we
didn't have the time to get them specially made,
So I asked my friend what tartans the wedding party were wearing, and he said that most were a mix of Blues and Greys, so we just chose nice Blue/grey
ones off the shelf.
I hope that makes sense?? Thanks for asking!
originally posted by: Night Star
a reply to: Gordi The Drummer
Wow, what awesome photos! Beautiful family you have!!!
I find the way the shirts are laced up quite interesting and I love your shoes! Now I would like to know about that fur purse thingy you have. Do you
keep anything special in that? What is it made out of? Very cool looking!
Those shirts are called "Ghillie" shirts. (The Ghillie was the guy who looked after the fishing/hunting parties on Scottish Highland Estates.)
The shoes are "traditional" Scottish formal Highlandwear and I think they are sometimes referred to as Ghillies too! (Don't know why)
The furry purse thing, and it's contents are strictly PRIVATE!!! LOL
I could spread the tale that it's to keep the wearers....ahem.."Manhood" in check!!
Or that it has a large hole in behind and is used to carry the weight of such Manhood! ROFL
Or I could just say that it's a Sporran!
A Sporran is a pouch, usually made of leather (but sometimes finished in ceremonial fur - dependant on the formality of the occasion)
It is worn in front of the Kilt in traditional Scottish Highland dress because.... The Kilt has no pockets!!
So, you'd keep anything in there, that would normally reside in your pockets. In my case... my wallet, keys, phone, and maybe even a wee "miniature
There are some GREAT fun ones too!!! (see below!)
Anyway, thanks again,