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Scottish iconic kilt nearing extinction
Oct '10
One of the greatest symbols of Scotland; the kilt is nearing extinction, due to the reducing number of kilt producers.

Retailers and kilt manufacturers are of the opinion that, as there are few people who are willing to train in making kilts and the number of kilt production units have fallen to just around 10, this Scottish individuality and heritage is in peril.

Experts fear that, as the kilt producing workers die, the manufacturing of kilts could shift to Asia, where production costs are lower, on account of bulk production.

From around 100 kilt producers just two decades ago, there are now just 10 kiltmakers in Scotland says the Scottish Tartans Authority.

Producers warn this could see kiltmaking become the domain of cheap mass production lines overseas as the last of the genuine artisans die.

The only institution that imparts training in kiltmaking is the Keith Kilt and Textile School in Morayshire.

The kilt is a knee-length garment with pleats at the rear, originating in the traditional dress of men and boys in the 16th century. Since the 19th century it has become associated with the wider culture of Scotland.

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