Irish Clothing

By: Nitin Premkumar and Juwon Lee



The kilt is originated from the Scottish Kilt. It was first from the 16th century. It could be seen draped over the shoulder, along with the “skirt” portion hanging at around the knees. It was made out of tartan fabric, but the recent Irish kilts are more of a modern kilt and have only the kilt portion.


The kilt’s history in Ireland was depicted in certain cases as paintings. The kilt is worn by the Irish Military and bands. More casual wear can be found with patriotic Irish men wearing it around Ireland. Sadly it is a rare sight to see the kilt worn in public. The most widely seen color of the kilt is saffron and green plaid. The history of Ireland is short, but the history in Scotland is deeper.


The kilt is an example of relocation diffusion. When the United Kingdom took control over Scotland and Ireland, they kind of mixed up their cultures and so the Irish started wearing kilts.


Over the past years, an argument broke out about the use of kilts. Scottish claimed that they were the hearth of kilts. The kilt was traditionally made up of wool with the easy availability of the material. The kilt is found to have a stronger connection with Scottish culture, showing the recent introduction of the kilt in Ireland. The kilt was first created to be a loose fitting clothing that was adapted to the environment.

Parts of a Kilt

There are different combinations of wearing a kilt. You can wear a kilt design based on your family design with a dress shirt or vest. Due to the kilt not having pockets, wearers use a sporran which is a leather pouch to hold personal belongings. Worn with black shoes and socks.

Popular or Folk?

Both...kind of.

The kilt is definitely a folk clothing in Scotland, and sort of in Ireland. It didn't necessarily originate in Ireland, but it is a true staple of Ireland and it's been an Irish thing for quite a while. It is more recent in Ireland