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Message 3601 · Themmis Anno / Ruth vonFuchs · 14 Feb 1996 18:30:08 · Top

For those of us who thought that a kilt was a kilt:

What is a BOX kilt?

How many other kinds of kilts are there?

Themmis
ruthemmi@freenet.toronto.on.ca

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Message 3602 · Thomas G. Mungall III · 14 Feb 1996 19:41:24 · Top

On Wed, 14 Feb 1996, Themmis Anno wrote:

> What is a BOX kilt?

Themmis, It's not a box kilt it's a box *pleated* kilt. In other words
instead of the typical "knife" pleats so common today the pleating folds
right and then left as in a cheerleaders skirt :)

> How many other kinds of kilts are there?
Well as I posted in a previous message the basic evolution of the kilt
there are several different types of pleating, etc. now lets see there is
knife, large box, small box, Kingussie, Landseer print, roll or "barrel",
pleats. The kilt can be pleated to set or to the stripe or to nothing.
BTW...The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders wear a box pleated kilt!
Someone mentioned that they had bought a Military surplus kilt and how
*heavy* it was ....this is true...the fabric is a bit unusual in that it
is a combanation of worsted and HEAVY saxony wool and is 22oz to the
yard! Now days the military issues heavy saxony kilts in 18oz fabric!
The wool always felt like steel wool on the old military kilts! :(
And the "rise" was so high too!
Tom Mungall

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Message 3603 · Thomas G. Mungall III · 14 Feb 1996 19:59:14 · Top

Well several years back I tried to get several different kilt makers to
make me a box pleated kilt but all I got at the time was disbelief!
However, when I ordered my last kilt from Duncan Chisholm in Inverness
Gordon Chisholm *asked* what I wanted: "knife or box pleats?"
And if prices keep going the way they are it won't be long before we
gents will get the option of Box or knife...4, 5, 6, or 8 yards?
Tom Mungall

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