For Love of the Sporran

imageI love the sporran.  To me, it is the quintessential “man purse.”  So, I thought I would make my official return to article writing about my favorite piece of apparel for my kilts. Before I continue, though, I want to just say: “I’m back!”  It is nice to have time back to enjoy writing. Here is how Wikipedia defines the term sporran:

The sporran (/ˈspɒrən/; Scottish Gaelic for “purse“), a traditional part of male Scottish Highland dress, is a pouch that performs the same function as pockets on the pocketless kilt. Made of leather or fur, the ornamentation of the sporran is chosen to complement the formality of dress worn with it. The sporran is worn on a leather strap or chain, conventionally positioned in front of the groin of the wearer.”

My clan kilt does not have any pockets, as is the case with most traditional kits (I have seen some where pockets were added. Bad form!) The sporran gave the wearer a way to carry personal items in a place that would be hard to steal.  They traditionally are made with items like horse hair, rabbit pelt, etc.  My personal versions use leather and chain to create a kind of belt to hold the sporran in place, as mentioned above.

In more modern times, the so called “street kilt” or “ultility kilt” may very well have pockets. I have a black street kilt from Kiltman that is my favorite kilt to wear all the time. There are even clip on pockets of various makes you can add. But I still wear my black leather sporran a lot anyway.  It is often easier to grab something out of the sporran than dig through the pockets that are interlaced with the pleats of the kilt. So even with a more modern, casual kilt, there is no reason to not wear the sporran.

Slainte dear friends,

Ray Province


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One Response to For Love of the Sporran

  1. Thank you for posting information on the Celtic dress. I truly appreciate having this opportunity to learn more about the accessory items. I would like to post your link to our Celtic webpage if that is agreeable. We hold the SW MO Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games in Buffalo, MO and this is our 12th year. A small festival of up to 2500 attendance and growing. Info like this would give interested attendees some information.

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