Scots Fight Fake Kilts

Tired of foreign knockoffs, Scottish kilt-makers ask EU for protection
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2008 9:56 AM CST
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(Newser) – What do plaid skirts have in common with champagne and feta cheese? If Scottish lawmakers have their way, the kilt could be the latest European product to receive a "protected designation of origin" status. Cheap kilt knockoffs could still be sold, but only the real thing—pure wool, hand-sewn in the highlands—could be branded a Scottish kilt, explains the Independent.

The cheap knockoffs, selling for around $40, "are degrading our national dress," says Scotland's Member of European Parliament. Proper kilts will set you back at least $300; the fakes are "essentially tartan skirts imported from India and China," and to a true Scotsman they are "an embarrassment to our culture and our country."