Scots Traditional Dress

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Message 1735 · 28 Apr 1995 20:52:25 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Anonymous asked "Is there are a traditional dress for ladies?" Well, At
Highland dance competitions female highland dancers wear the kilt for the
highland dances only. They wear a "national dress" (also called an Obyne, long
story in that) for most of the national dances (Scottish Lilt, Flora
MacDonald's Fancy, Scotch Measure...). This is a modernized version of the old
costume in that the skirt is scandalously short for historical societies, but
dance judges want to see knees. The costume consists of a skirt of four yards
of plaid material gathered at the waist, a velvet waistcoat (sometimes called
a bodice, or vest) that laces up the front with petals or scallops at the
waist (rather Medieval). Under the the waistcoat is worn a white peasant
blouse, often with lace sleeves and lace around the square neckline. A full
sash, very similar to a man's plaid, that matches the skirt is worn affixed to
the *RIGHT* shoulder (not a choice in competitive highland dancing) with a
broach. The sash (or arisade) drapes across the back and is gathered up under
the waistcoat into the waistband of the skirt. Little girls will wear ankle
socks, ladies will wear stockings with ghillies (not pumps) for competition.

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