Originating in the traditional dress of men and boys in the Scottish Highlands in the 16th century is a skirt-type tartan garment with pleats at the rear. The colours of tartan are used as an indication of the clan the Scotsman comes from. Today there are 3,500 specific tartan family plaids. A proper kilt is usually accompanied by a sporran, a small bag worn around the waist and over the kilt. A kilt pin holds the two pieces together at the front, and the Sgian dubh (skee-an doo) is a small dagger that sits in the sock. Kilts are often worn as an alternative to trousers at formal events like weddings, christenings, and graduations.


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