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Highland dress

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  This week I will be explaining the components of children’s Highland dress. Babies: Highland babies wore a tiny tunic and bonnet, as shown below. In colder weather they would be wrapped in a wool blanket or their mother’s arisaids. When they began to walk, girls would wear a short dress and boys would wear […]

Clans, Highland Dress, Scotland, Scottish History

Highland Dress Series Part 4

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In this week’s blog post I will be explaining the components of men’s Highland Dress. The Plaid: Feileadh-mhor (Fee-lay vor) in Gaelic, the plaid was by far the most common article in men’s highland dress from the late 1500’s onwards, and before that, it was worn over the saffron tunic, a common form of Irish […]

Clans, Highland Dress, Scotland, Scottish History

Highland Dress Series Part 3

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    In this week’s blog post I will be explaining the different components of women’s ancient Highland Dress. The clothing shown here was worn by the general population of Scotland, but not necessarily by women of aristocracy.   The Arisaid: Most Scottish women wore the arisaid ( known as earrasaid or earasaid in Gaelic), a long, […]

Clans, Highland Dress, Scotland, Scottish History

Highland Dress Series Part 2

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Highland dress is a fascinating subject and one of my favourites. In these four blog posts I will be explaining the different kinds of Highland dress worn by women, men and children, but for now, let’s have a quick look at how tartan was made. Clan Tartan: Individual clan tartans were not officially in use […]

Clans, Highland Dress, Research Tips, Scotland, Scottish History

Highland Dress Series: Part 1

Arundel Castle, former home of Adeliza of Louvain, the fairy maid of Brabant