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Child's Costume - Scottish Dancing, circa 1917 Object Reg. No: SH 870036

Child's costume used in Highland dancing in Victoria, circa 1917.

Highland dance refers to a style of athletic solo dancing which developed in the Highlands of Scotland, and is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music. It developed into its current form during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events, particularly the Highland games.

Highland dance has been subject to many influences from outside the Highlands. For example, it has been heavily influenced by the urban aesthetics of the patrons and judges of dance competitions since the nineteenth century.
Child's costume consisting of:
1: Tartan ribbons
2: Tartan kilt in McDonald tartan, with silk lining around waist, four ribbon rosettes held onto the front of the kilt by four diamond-shaped silver buttons with a thistle emblem on each. Made by Scovell and Spurling Pty Ltd, Footscray .
3: Fitted black velvet jacket, cord trim on sleeves, neck, pockets and front opening, braided cord across the shoulders, diamond-shaped buttons. Made by Scovell and Spurling Pty. Ltd., Footscray.
4: Black velvet waistcoat with silver-coloured diamond-shaped buttons.
5: Plaid tartan shawl in, McDonald tartan.
6: Pair of tartan woollen socks.
7 Lace collar with scalloped edges and rectangular inserts.
8: Bonnets with traditional badge and magpie feather. .
9: Pair of black leather Scottish dancing shoes
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Miss Betty Nixon, 1987
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 0.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: clothing, entertainment, leisure activities, scottish communities, scottish cultural activities, scottish immigration, dancing, scottish textiles, tartan
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Clothing
Tertiary Classification: regional costume
Manufacturer: Scovell & Spurling Pty. Ltd., Footscray, Victoria, Australia, circa 1917
Place Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1917

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