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Kilt suit of Mackintosh clan tartan, c.1820 (H.TTA 20)

In the 18th century, plaids were kilted by hand and secured by a belt. By the early 19th century a tailored alternative had emerged which successfully mimicked the appearance of a full plaid, while using comparatively little fabric. The illusion is achieved by tying the tailored plaid around the waist above the sewn kilt, drawing the excess material up onto the shoulder and securing it with a ribbon.

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    Each pleat of the kilt has been measured to the exact same width, sewn, and pressed. This creates a clean and even look. Kilt suit of Mackintosh clan tartan, c.1820 (H.TTA 20)

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    Kilt suit of Mackintosh clan tartan, c.1820 (H.TTA 20)

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    Kilt suit of Mackintosh clan tartan, c.1820 (H.TTA 20)

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    Kilt suit of Mackintosh clan tartan, c.1820 (H.TTA 20)

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    Kilt suit of Mackintosh clan tartan, c.1820 (H.TTA 20)

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    Note how the coat tails are arranged to sit atop and within the folds of the tailored plaid, thus creating more volume at the back of the outfit. Kilt suit of Mackintosh clan tartan, c.1820 (H.TTA 20)

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    A tailored plaid is created by cutting, shaping and sewing cloth around a waistband. When worn in conjunction with a little kilt, it creates the illusion of a full belted plaid. Tailored plaid, c.1820 (H.TTA 20 C)

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