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Unit price: £45.00 per meter
Delivery: £15.00
Total: £60.00

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The Breacan an Fhéilidh (belted plaid) or Feileadh Mòr (great plaid) is likely to have evolved over the course of the 16th century from the earlier 'brat' or woollen cloak (also known as a plaid) which was worn over a tunic. This earlier cloak or brat may have been plain in colour or in various check or tartan designs, depending on the wealth of the wearer; this earlier fashion of clothing had not changed significantly from that worn by Celtic warriors in roman times 

Over the course of the 16th century, with the increasing availability of wool, the cloak had grown to such a size that it began to be gathered up and belted. The belted plaid was originally a length of thick woollen cloth made up from two loom widths sewn together to give a total width of 54 to 60 inches, and up to 5 yards (6.4 m) in length. This garment, also known as the great kilt, was gathered up into pleats by hand and secured by a wide belt . The upper half could be worn as a clock draped over the left shoulder, hung down over the belt and gathered up at the front, or brought up over the shoulders or head for protection against weather. It was worn over a léine (a full-sleeved garment stopping below the waist) and could also serve as a camping blanket.

 

Please note some Tartans are only produced by certain mills and are in short supply, or are available by special order or in heavy weight only. Due to these circumstances, prices on these tartans will be slightly higher. Pipebands will be given discount on large orders

 

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Price per meter of cloth ...........
£45.00
Total per meter  price
£45.00

 



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