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The Pipers’ Plaid or Fly Plaid


The Plaid

Historically, the Plaid was a long length of warm woollen fabric draped around the head and shoulders. It was worn as a shawl or cloak and also doubled as a blanket.

The rich fastened it with a large annular silver brooch at the centre of the chest and the poor people made do with a metal pin or a piece of polished wood or horn.

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Another dying craft. The traditional hand purled fringe on a Fly Plaid – Ancient Hunter tartan commission. 4 sides of 140cm frayed to 15cm then hand twisted and knotted at 1cm intervals in keeping with the colours. Takes precision, focus and patience resulting in a beautiful plaid to be worn with pride.

Variation using the lattice knotting and tassels.

Variation using the lattice knotting and tassels.

With patience and care, the edges are frayed to about 20cm and then evenly twisted and knotted.

With patience and care, the edges are frayed to about 20cm and then evenly twisted and knotted.

The twists and knots are measured evenly and not saving time by reducing the amount of twists and incorporating too many threads.

The twists and knots are measured evenly and not saving time by reducing the amount of twists and incorporating too many threads.

The fringes are all hand crafted. The edges of the cloth are frayed to about 20cm and then can be beautifully ‘purled’, creating an exclusive hand-twisted design or even knotted to a narrow lattice design with tassels.
These techniques are labour intensive although worth the skill and patience, creating a unique beautiful edge to the plaid and protecting the frayed edges from becoming untidy over time.
Worn over the shoulder and held in place by your choice of badge, brooch or pin, the fly plaid is an accessory designed to be imposing. The fly plaid should be worn for fully formal events like weddings, clan gatherings and graduations. This length of fabric should be in the same tartan as your kilt and to create an authentic highland look, choose a Clan Crest badge to secure your plaid. *Please note that dimensions of the fly plaid will vary.

Bespoke fringed plaids of different width and length depending on how you want to wear the plaid and your height.

Mini fly plaid

Fringed 70 x 70cm                                     £90
Handcrafted fringe 70 x 70cm                £150

Plaid
Fringed 140 x 140 cm                              £180
Handcrafted fringe 140 x 140 cm         £300
Fringed 180 x 140 cm                             £220
Handcrafted fringe 180 x 140 cm         £350

Piper’s Plaid

Handcrafted purled fringe 3m to 4m    £450

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