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  Small Kilt - Philabeg

The belted plaid consisted of two widths of material stitched together. If the widths are not stitched together and only the bottom 4 yards are worn pleated and belted around the waist, the resulting garment is called the Feileadh beag (little wrap), or in English, Philabeg .

The Philabeg came about as a natural evolution of the belted plaid and the first recorded example comes from 1692. This kilt is in the possession of the Scottish Tartans Society. This is the first garment that can truly be called a kilt as we know it today.

The need for a less cumbersome kilt appears to arise from the evolution of trades requiring work indoors as well as out.

Weaving, metal manufacture, stone-masonry, etc. all were trades where the great kilt was a cumbersome thing to wear.

Soldiers and farmers could abandon the great kilt and work near-naked, but in polite society a new form was required - the Philabeg, which is the modern kilt.

In time even these hardy men could see the benefits of the Philabeg.