NOTE As of January
2010, Products, prices, and options are no longer being updated on this
site. However, this page is still a great resource, so we've left it here
see our new website, www.kilts-n-stuff.com, for the most up-to-date
(In the Welsh language, Kilt
is spelled Cilt.) There is little evidence that the Welsh ever wore kilts
historically. Welsh tartans have been created in recent times as a great
way for you to honor your Welsh heratage, and are a great choice for those
of Welsh descent who want to wear an Ancient Kilt.
the same style kilts worn in the movie Braveheart. Our Ancient Kilts are
the perfect highland attire for Renaissance festivals and other reenactment
events. Depending on who you talk to, they may be historically accurate
or not, but our Ancient Kilt is much cooler and more practical than a
Great Kilt for hot weather wear. We recommend them to anyone looking for
the Renaissance Highland look.
Ancient Kilt is made from a long piece of single-width fabric, approximately
25 inches wide. This allows you to pleat the Kilt with 2-3 yards left
over that is worn over the shoulder as a sash. Normally, you pleat the
Kilt each time you wear it, and the only thing that holds it together
is your belt. As a convenient option though, we can sew the pleats in
place for you - see Cheater Pleats below.
The 6 yard
Kilt will fit up to about a 38 inch waist, a 9 yard Kilt will fit up to
about a 50 inch waist, and a 12 yard Kilt will fit 50+ waist sizes. If
your waist size is close to one of these limits, consider the next size
larger if you want deeper pleats. For example, if you have a 38 inch waist,
a 6yd Kilt will have pleats approximately 2 inches wide and 3-4 inches
deep. A 9yd Kilt will have pleats approximately 1 inch wide and 6-8 inches
Welsh tartans are not woven with a kilting selvedge, so kilts will be
hemmed. (It still looks great though. You won't know the difference).
Also, welsh tartans are woven a little looser, and have a softer feel
than you will be used to if you are already familiar with Scottish tartans.
our Ancient Kilt page for more information.
Pleating and wearing instructions are included with each Kilt, or you
can download them here: How
to Wear the Ancient Kilt (Adobe PDF format).
our selection of Welsh Tartans
KAW6 6 yds, $369 (fits up to about 38in waist)
KAW9 8 yds, $489 (fits up to about a 48in. waist) New
KAW12 10 yds, $599 (fits 50in.+ waist sizes) New Size!
Made from medium weight 12/13oz premium wool Welsh tartan. NOTE
Welsh tartans are not woven with a kilting selvedge, so kilts
will be hemmed. Also, welsh tartans are woven a little looser, and
have a softer feel than you will be used to if you are already familiar
with Scottish tartans. Pleating
instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts
are pleated each time you wear them. We ask for size information
to be sure that your kilt will fit you correctly, but we do not
pleat the kilt for you unless you also select Cheater
Pleats as an additional option. Special
order. Please allow 6-12 weeks for delivery.
NOTE You will need a brooch to hold your kilt on. The plain
penannular brooch is a great, economical way to get the job done!
Click the checkbox below to add one to your order, or go here
to check out other options.
How to measure for
the waist size at your actual waist, where you usually wear your
2) Measure from your waist to about the middle of the knee.
Have someone help you. If you bend even a little while trying to
do it yourself, the measurement will change.
Cheater Pleats (Optional) ($50 extra)
This is a nice
convenience option. Your kilt will still look like you pleated it
yourself, but you can take it off and put it back on any time you
want to without redoing your pleats. (Depending on how concerned
you are about the appearance, pleating your kilt can take anywhere
from a few minutes to a half hour each time you wear it). We'll
pleat the kilt for you and stitch a waistband inside to hold it
all together. (A belt will still be necessary to hold your kilt
Here are your
Pleat to sett each pleat is positioned so that the
pattern (sett) appears to continue through the pleated portion
of the kilt.
Pleat to stripe we choose a prominent stripe in the
pattern and center the stripe down the middle of each pleat. This
is a traditional military style, and can look very nice. Some tartans
just don't look good pleated to stripe however. If you choose this
option we will let you know if it can't (or shouldn't) be done.
Box pleats another traditional military style. Every
other pleat is reversed. This creates pleats twice as wide (3 to
4 inches wide depending on the sett width of the tartan you choose)
with tartan folded under both edges of the pleat. Incidentally,
box pleating uses less tartan, so you can actually get by with a
6 yard kilt all the way up to a 50 inch waist. If your waist size
is larger than 50 inches, and you would like box pleats, select
a 9 yard Ancient Kilt.
Buckle for an additional $15, we will stitch a leather
strap and buckle inside the kilt to assist in putting your kilt
on and keeping it on. It will be hidden out of sight, but allows
you to tighten up the inside apron so you are not as dependent on
the belt to hold things together. Not at all necessary, but nice
for even more convenience.
1) Measure the waist size at your actual waist, where you
usually wear your pants.
2) Measure your hip at the fullest point, usually 6-8 inches
below the waist.
3) Measure the length from your waist to about the middle
of the knee. Have someone help you. If you bend even a little while
trying to do it yourself, the measurement will change.