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No matter whither Scotland votes on independence, experts say kilt prices won't go thither.
"Prices will probably not change," said Ken MacDonald, owner of Houston Traditional Kiltmakers in Scotland. "Kilt weavers will buy materials a year in advance. The decision will not affect prices for a while. "
Doreen Browning of The Kiltmaker's Apprentice in New York agrees with MacDonald. But she did note there was a recent spike in the price of merino wool, which is used in making kilts. "There is usually an average price increase every year—about 1½ pounds ... per meter," she said.
MacDonald attributed that to inflation.
"You get price rises. Around October, January and March, historically, prices go up 2 to 3 percent a year due to inflation. Factors like gas increases affect the price of kilts," he said.
MacDonald does think that the outcome of Thursday's historic Scottish independence could have some long-term effects.
"It is a bit of uncertainty. Prices [in the long run] will depend on how the pound reacts to the market after the decision. If the pound drops then the raw materials will cost more," he said.
That's an unsettling thought given the already high price of kilts, which MacDonald noted can range from £300 to £600 ($490 to $980) depending on the weight of the cloth. Prices also depend on the rarity of the tartan, which is the crisscrossed pattern that Scottish kilts are known for.
However Scotland lovers who don't have deep enough pockets can opt in for tartan ties, which range from £15 to £20 ($25 to $33).