Firstly, and most anciently, is the arisaid. This garment is more or less the female equivalent of the gentleman’s Great Kilt, simply a long length of wool tartan fabric which the wearer pleats and arranges herself each time it is worn. This belted plaid is normally worn longer in length than the men’s version, and usually features a linen shift or tunic worn underneath for modesty, as the skirt joins at the front rather than overlapping as does a man’s kilt. It can be worn in a variety of ways, using the upper portion of the fabric as extra skirt material, a cape, hood, or sash. The airsaid is most commonly seen at Renaissance fairs, re-enactment groups, and some Highland Games nowadays – but this garment has also inspired designs for more modern garments as well.
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