Up yer kilt, Jimmy

Get yer tartans right, mon:

“Outlander” costume designer Terry Dresbach gets grief for failing to put the TV show’s lead Highlander, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan)—a fighter in an 18th-century rebellion known as the Jacobite Risings—in a Clan Fraser tartan kilt. 

On Elle.com, Dresbach explains she designed Jamie Fraser’s tartan based on plant dyes that would have been available in his homeland, which is more historically accurate than the colors now registered in official Fraser “sett,” or pattern.

The original kilts were loose-fitting, full-body, and short-skirted garments, similar to Roman togas, that do, indeed, trace back to ancient times. And these so-called “great kilts,” exclusively worn by male warriors in the Scottish Highlands, were constructed out of a type of plaid, or checked, wool fabric that came to be known as “tartan.” Back then, the Scottish clans, or tribes, didn’t have particular setts or colors that they claimed as their own.


5 comments for “Up yer kilt, Jimmy

  1. The Jannie
    November 22, 2017 at 16:56

    Jimmy’s dying and wants to make sure his sons follow Scottish tradition. “Ye must hae somethin’ tartan or ye’ll no see ony o’ ma siller”
    Son one says “A’ve a tartan coat” and Jimmy’s pleased.
    Son two says “A’ve a tartan carpet” so Jimmy’s pleased again.
    Son three says “Ah’ve a tart in trouble” . . . . .

    I thangyew I thangyew.

    • November 22, 2017 at 18:25

      That is a hoot, mon. 🙂

  2. November 22, 2017 at 17:14

    Immediate execution for that.

  3. The Blocked Dwarf
    November 22, 2017 at 18:14

    I haven’t yet watched Outlander but perhaps those who have can tell me just how historically accurate it is? Do they show everyone, even small children, incessantly smoking clay pipes? Do the nobs snort their own bodyweight in snuff? Do the common folk drink ‘small beer’ for breakfast ?

    I believe the 2nd series takes place in 1950s Paris? How high must the actors insurance premiums be to be allowed to work in a blue caporal haze of TOXIC fumes?!?

  4. November 22, 2017 at 18:40

    These and other questions will be answered if you send £20,000 in unmarked bills to Victoria Station washroom, third cubicle along.

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