The kilt has now become more like formal dress wear rather than a practical garment. It is commonly worn in Scotland at occasions like weddings and formal functions and is acceptable on all occasions where dress code is black tie. The Kilt can be worn in conjunction with various other garments such as ‘The Bonny Prince Charlie Jacket,’ ‘The Argyle Jacket,’ or the military jabot, and with belt and buckle, sporran (the furry purse), bow tie, kilt pin, kilt hose (socks), sgian dubh (real blade or replica -tucked into the socks), garter flashes, and ghillie brogues (shoes).
Good kilt is made from 100% wool and it can be either 4 yards (3.7 meter) or 8 yards (7.3 meter) long! The back half of the kilt is pleated, the front half (apron) is two overlapping panels. A true kilt is completely handmade, and combine with the material required and its accessories, no wonder that one kilt package can easily costs more than £600 (USD 12,000 or Rp 12 millions!). And it’s also very heavy. The kilt set can weight up to 6 kilograms! Check how they make the kilt here.
The tartan – criss-crossed pattern with unique sequence of colours and shades- of a Scottish clan is authorised by the clan society for use by members of that clan for kilts, ties, and other garments and decorations. Every clan with a society has at least one distinct tartan. Now there are also many tartans registered for families, districts, or institutions (click here or here for example). It is considered proper to wear a clan tartan if the wearer is associated with the clan by name, by blood (from the mother’s side as well as the father’s) or by legal adoption.
True Scotsman wears nothing underneath the kilt (unless if it is hired one, for hygienic purpose). And no, it’s not a rumour or a fairytale. But where can you see guys in kilt in Jakarta and make sure that they are indeed true Scotsmen? Well, St. Andrew’s Ball (usually is held in every November) and Jakarta Highland Gathering (this year it will be held on Sunday, 25 May) would be good places to go.