About The Kiltmakery

We are part of ScotClans – a family business based in Edinburgh, Scotland. At ScotClans we have 3 trained Kilt makers – so kilt making has always been close to our hearts. With The Kiltmakery we are promoting the craft of kilt making as well as providing wider education so people know the difference between a traditionally hand stitched kilt and a machine sewn. At The Kiltmakery we demystify the process of kilt making for the consumer and provide the kilt maker with an environment where they can work together to further their craft and creativity. Through the Kiltmakery we are able to bring more work to Scotland making a viable career for many kilt makers.

Keeping the tradition of hand stitched kiltmaking alive
Here in Edinburgh I can go into the city centre and buy a kilt for less than £30.  This is not what we sell or make here.   There is nothing wrong with companies selling the cheap imported kilts as long as people know this is what they are buying.

A Kilt is for Life: The ‘Buy Once’ Philosophy
We live in an age of disposable clothes and rapidly changing fashions … red is the new black etc. etc.  We want to react against this – to go back to cherishing an item of clothing  – to  celebrate the craftsmanship.  At home I have a kilt that is around 200 years old, it still looks amazing.  I don’t think I could say this about any of the clothes I own today.


Ethical Kilts – what we believe
Here at ScotClans and The Kiltmakery a kilt is made by one kilt maker.  People may be shocked to learn that many places selling hand stiched kilts are using a group of kilt makers who work in a line, each one just making one element of the kilt.  This means the an employed kilt maker finds it hard to leave their job because they lack the skills to make a kilt from start to finish.  The quality of the kilt suffers when a kilt is not made by one person.

We need to find more work for the kiltmaker – By working together we are able to take on larger orders and have consistency.   Up to now many kilt makers work in secrecy and no longer train others up, work is scarce and competitive.  People selling kilts need to change the way they work, you can’t expect people paid less than the minimum wage to fully care about the quality of their kilts – why should they.  We have heard of kilt makers refusing to put over a certain number of pleats in their kilts to try and cut back the time it takes. Corners are cut and the kilt is not of a high quality. The kilts bought through The Kiltmakery are all made to the highest quality and the kilt maker is paid well for their work. We respect the kilt maker and this is shown in the quality of our kilts.

Our Workroom


At The Kiltmakery we have a communal workroom used by Kilt makers.

Education

At ScotClans and The Kiltmakery we offer talks on the history and evolution of the kilt as well as Scottish Clans and Scottish History. We attend Highland Games in Scotland and the USA.

Kilt making Courses and other Scottish Crafts

We offer taster courses in Kilt Making. See our upcoming courses >


Kilt Blogs

Tartan Con Men

Back in 1820 or thereabouts there were two wee English brothers, born in Wales, by the names of John Hay ...
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A History of Scottish Highland Dancing

The origins of Highland dancing like most of our Scottish traditions are swathed in the mists of time. Our proud ...
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Adding the lining

What’s Really under the kilt

When you make the decision to purchase your very own kilt or give one as a present, it is something ...
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Buying a kilt v hiring

We all know that a kilt is an expensive purchase, but when you think of all the suits you’ll be ...
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Scotland the brave: Tough 'kilties' battled for Britain in WWI | WWI |

The dark side of the kilt

The kilt has a proud history especially in the Highland regiments, however, it also has a dark side. Especially when ...
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Me cutting the pleats - holding my breath

Learning to make a kilt

When selling traditional Scottish clothing what can be more iconic than the Scottish Kilt. This has to be one of ...
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Kilt Like an Egyptian

It seems wherever you travel around the globe, you can't miss signs of Scottish influence. From bagpipes being played in ...
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Bus Driver Says ‘Kilt Wearing Scots are Lucky’

A bus driver in the northern Swedish town of Umea has begun wearing a skirt to work as temperatures sore ...
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Kilted Golden Driller

World’s Largest Kilt

The iconic Golden Driller statue in the Oklahoma city of Tulsa has been made a temporary Scotsman after he was ...
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Traditional Versus Modern!

Living in Edinburgh its hard to escape the traditional image of the the Scotsman in full regalia. Every highlandwear shop ...
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Scottish soldiers charging in their kilts during the First World War

History of Kilts Worn in Battle

There is no documentation for the kilts we know today before 1575. There are many kilt like clothing that is ...
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High Visibility Kilts

Now here's a kilt that stands out - even at night! A Sweedish company Luckily Blaklader has offered up another ...
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The craziest kilt pic I’ve ever seen

Came across this picture, thought I'd share it. It's from Spain's annual bull-running festival in the northern town of Pamplona ...
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