About The Kiltmakery
We are part of ScotClans – a family business based in Edinburgh, Scotland. At ScotClans we have 3 trained Kilt makers – so kilt making has always been close to our hearts. With The Kiltmakery we are promoting the craft of kilt making as well as providing wider education so people know the difference between a traditionally hand stitched kilt and a machine sewn. At The Kiltmakery we demystify the process of kilt making for the consumer and provide the kilt maker with an environment where they can work together to further their craft and creativity. Through the Kiltmakery we are able to bring more work to Scotland making a viable career for many kilt makers.
Keeping the tradition of hand stitched kiltmaking alive
Here in Edinburgh I can go into the city centre and buy a kilt for less than £30. This is not what we sell or make here. There is nothing wrong with companies selling the cheap imported kilts as long as people know this is what they are buying.
A Kilt is for Life: The ‘Buy Once’ Philosophy
We live in an age of disposable clothes and rapidly changing fashions … red is the new black etc. etc. We want to react against this – to go back to cherishing an item of clothing – to celebrate the craftsmanship. At home I have a kilt that is around 200 years old, it still looks amazing. I don’t think I could say this about any of the clothes I own today.
Ethical Kilts – what we believe
Here at ScotClans and The Kiltmakery a kilt is made by one kilt maker. People may be shocked to learn that many places selling hand stiched kilts are using a group of kilt makers who work in a line, each one just making one element of the kilt. This means the an employed kilt maker finds it hard to leave their job because they lack the skills to make a kilt from start to finish. The quality of the kilt suffers when a kilt is not made by one person.
We need to find more work for the kiltmaker – By working together we are able to take on larger orders and have consistency. Up to now many kilt makers work in secrecy and no longer train others up, work is scarce and competitive. People selling kilts need to change the way they work, you can’t expect people paid less than the minimum wage to fully care about the quality of their kilts – why should they. We have heard of kilt makers refusing to put over a certain number of pleats in their kilts to try and cut back the time it takes. Corners are cut and the kilt is not of a high quality. The kilts bought through The Kiltmakery are all made to the highest quality and the kilt maker is paid well for their work. We respect the kilt maker and this is shown in the quality of our kilts.
At The Kiltmakery we have a communal workroom used by Kilt makers.
At ScotClans and The Kiltmakery we offer talks on the history and evolution of the kilt as well as Scottish Clans and Scottish History. We attend Highland Games in Scotland and the USA.
Kilt making Courses and other Scottish Crafts
We offer taster courses in Kilt Making. See our upcoming courses >