Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Weave The Plaid

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Weave the Plaid
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 4:
8x32 Jig
3-couple in a 4-couple Longways set

  1-8   1ST AND 2ND COUPLES SET, ½ TURN, TWIRL, AND CHASE CLOCKWISE HALFWAY to own side in progressed places;

  9-16 3-COUPLE SET AND LINK TWICE to end on opposite side in order 3-1-2;

17-24 CORNERS ADVANCE, RETIRE AND WHEEL as 1ST'S SET CROSS AND CHASE HALFWAY: 3rd and 2nd couples advance and retire and dance right hands across AS 1st couple set, cross with right hands and dance clockwise halfway around the corners;

25-32 TEAPOTS AND CHASE: left hands across, 1st man with 3rd and 2nd men, 1st woman with 2nd and 3rd women flowing into a chase anticlockwise halfway around to end on own sides.

Repeat from 2nd place.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Information

Also see the dance Weaving The Plaid by Sue McKinnell.

The belted plaid (or a plaid worn belted) is a large blanket-like piece of fabric which is wrapped around the body with the material pleated or, more accurately, loosely gathered and secured at the waist by means of a belt. Typically, a portion of the belted plaid hangs down to about the knees (for men) or ankles (for women) with the rest of the material being wrapped up around the upper body in a variety of ways and pinned or otherwise secured to keep it in place.

The belted plaid was a standard item of men's Highland dress from the late 16th century until the middle of the 18th century. It was also the precursor of the modern tailored kilt.


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Text from this original Belted Plaid article on Wikipedia.
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