Kilt Sporran | The Secret Of Selecting Best Sporran
Before you go to choose the sporran for your kilt, you must first know “what is a sporran?” and why was it created with kilt. After all you should have a basic know-how of what you’re going to wear and why are you wearing it. When you will know the purpose of what you’re wearing, you will carry it better and more confidently. So let’s have a 5-minute interesting and informative read on sporrans.
The History of Sporran
As early as in twelfth century, “kilts worn by the warriors“ did not have a pocket. So, when the need of some pocket or a carrier was felt in order to keep the personal belongings, then sporrans was made. It was like a bag worn with kilt. And today, the same sporran serves the purpose of keeping things like money, food items or cell phone. Hence, sporran is like a purse or a pouch which is a key feature of traditional Highland Dress (traditional or regional dress of the Highlands and Isles of Scotland). Sporran is made up of leather or skin such as deerskin, calfskin, or sealskin and is usually worn to compliment the formality of the kilt as well as to carry essentials.
Types of Sporrans
Before choosing your favorite sporran, let’s get to know how many ‘types of sporrans’ exist and what are the unique features of sporrans are so that it may be easier for you to know what to choose for yourself.
Horse Hair Sporran
In the history, most sporrans usually had fluffy tops and three tassels. From there, more types of hair were introduced, including horse hair and fox hair.
Full Dress Sporran
Semi Dress Leather Sporran
Semi Dress Leather Sporran is made out of leather, and usually have three tassels. Tassels are not used on daily-wear casual sporrans.
Hunting sporrans were said to be first invented in the 19th century. They are oval-shaped like a dress sporran. Unlike a dress sporran however, they do not have a metal cantle (with the exception of the Piper’s Dress Sporran).
The lore and theory behind this design was that the sporran without tassels would not “drum” and make noise. But remember, Hunting Sporran were made for hunting purpose in the past. However they can be used for styling in events also in thismodern age, as both day ware and as a formal, full dress sporran.
How to Choose and Wear The Sporran With Kilt?
Now that you have come to know what is a sporran and where was it originated, you would definitely be wondering with lot of questions in your head about selecting and wearing sporran with kilt.
How & Why to Wear a Sporran with a Kilt?
The Scottish Sporran comes with a leather strap or chain, worn around the waist so as to hang in front of the kilt. During a wedding reception or a dinner dance, or any other similar occasion where dancing takes place, you can slide it over your abdomen on your kilt just two or three inches below the belt buckle.
Why Only Sporrans? Why Not Normal Pouches?
Besides being convenient to wear, a sporran also serves as an addition to the beauty of the dress. Sporrans come in a variety of different styles, some are more ornate than others like sporrans with embroidery. But most of them have only one to three tassels of some sort, especially on semi-full of full-dress sporrans. Hence sporran serves as the essential part of the kilt to make it look masculine as well as more stylish.
Can I wear Kilt Without Sporran?
Wearing a kilt without a sporran is not a crime or legally offensive anywhere on the earth. However, if you’re a man and you wear a kilt without a sporran, then it is equal to wearing a skirt. And skirts are usually meant for women. So judge yourself how would you look like wearing a kilt without a sporran! Sporran is the main item that differentiates between kilts vs skirts.
Are Sporrans Usually Available For Kids?
Yes why not! If kids love to be Spiderman or Batman wearing the kits then won’t you think they would love wearing kilts with sporrans and look like warriors? Sporrans with kilts specially made for kids including infants and toddlers are usually available to wear. They will be mini in size and designed according to kids. So if you want to give a special getup to your Baby sporran or infant sporran on an occasion then you must go for an infant sporran or a toddler sporran.
How to Select a Sporran That Suits Me?
For selection of the best sporran for you, check our Kilt Sporran collection. Our leather sporrans are crafted using high quality materials which usually come with a complimentary chain strap. Choose your Kilt Sporran from our collection based on the event you need to attend and be sure that you have one according to each occasion you attend.
- After all, you deserve to look good and stand out!