The Traditional Piper's Uniform
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The Kilt

The Kilt is yet another traditional Irish symbol. Being as it is of Saffron color, it is typical of the traditional Irish Kilt (being of a plain colored design) as opposed to the Scottish Kilt which is produced from a tartan pattern material. The Irish have used only a few tartan patterns in the past. Mounted on the lower right handside of the kilt is a kilt pin based on a design from the Book of Kells. The saffron colored kilt is known the world over as "The Irish Kilt". The use of this color as a dye made from the saffron plant for garments worn by clan cheiftains has a long history in Ireland. I also wear a dark forest green kilt for some events.

The Brath

The Brath (or Shawl in Scotland) is symbolic of Irish Bagpipers throughout Irish history. It is saffron in color and worn over the left shoulder. Mounted on the Brath is the Kilmainham or Pennanular Brooch (another traditional Irish symbol). A brath is a modern remnant of the ancient shepherds blanket, folded and worn over the left shoulder. In ancient times the shepherd caught out in bad weather would unfold it and wrap himself with it until the storm passed.

Footwear

Another symbol of the Irish Piper in history are the brogue shoes with buckles.

Head dress

The caps include the caubeen, glengarry and the balmoral or baret/ tam - all common to modern pipers in Ireland.

All of these uniform items are worn today by the pipers and pipe bands of the Defense Forces of the Republic of Ireland.

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