A sporran is an important and traditional item of the highland outfit. Traditional kilts are made without pockets, and sporrans would have been used to carry items such as small portions of food, or money. Today, sporrans are used to hold more modern items - mobile phone, wallet, and perhaps even a hip flask! Today there are three types of sporrans that are suitable for different occasions.
Around the world, there are a lot of myths and urban legends that have surrounded tartan, the kilt, and Scotland. One of my favourites is that in Scotland you cannot tell the difference between men and women’s toilet signs! (And by the way this is false! Our toilet signs are much the same as any other country). Here are three of the most common myths surrounding Scottish Culture.
The end of January in Scotland marks Burns Night. This day is always celebrated with a Burns supper on or near the 25th of January. Often times they are formal events, but of course they can be casual celebrations amongst friends. Sometimes they are men only, and sometimes they are mixed events that finish the night with a ceilidh. So, deciding what to wear can sometimes be a bit confusing. Most dinners do not require you to wear tartan, but it is so much more fun to join in if you do.
Tartan is on trend this season and what better way to add tartan to your wardrobe than with a tartan scarf. Classic yet stylish a tartan scarf can add a touch of pizzazz to any outfit. At Tartan Plus Tweed we do our best to supply our customers with what is local to us. Not only do we care about supporting our local businesses, but providing quality to our customers is high on our priority list as well.
This week in Tartan Plus Tweed it is all about weddings! July 16th seems to be THE day to get married in the Borders as we have a number of kilt hire outfits leaving the shop to help grooms, best men, ushers, and guests look their best at their weddings this weekend. It’s no wonder that people choose to get married in the Borders, with it’s stunning views, castles, estates, and a number of incredible hotels to choose from.
If you find yourself reading this article, you may be considering buying a kilt. As you probably know there are many options on the market; casual or traditional? Machine-made or hand sewn? How to choose! Hopefully I can give you some insight on the choices at hand to help make your decision.