Instantly recognisable all over the world, the kilt has become an important element of Scottish identity. Known not only for its undeniable Scottishness but also the expert craftsmanship that goes into creating one. A seemingly simple few yards of tartan cloth stitched into something complex and beautiful. Since the birth of the feileadh beag, which is what the kilt we know today was called, knowledge of how to create such an intricate garment was passed down through the generations. Each kiltmaker would have taught their children or apprentices the craft and the cycle continued over hundreds of years. Now that the internet is so accessible, arguably anyone could learn how to make a kilt, but the beauty of a kilt doesn’t come from an instruction book. You may be able to follow a step-by-step guide to create some impressive origami, but when it comes to making a kilt, the secret tips and tricks that have been passed down the centuries are what give a kilt its magic.