Sporrans

A classic component of Scottish Highland attire, the sporran (Scottish Gaelic for "purse") is a pouch that serves the same purpose as pockets on a pocketless kilt. The style of the sporran, which is made of leather or fur, is chosen to compliment the formality of the attire worn with it. The sporran is traditionally worn with a leather strap or chain in front of the wearer's groin.

There are many types of sporran from day leather sporrans which often have a celtic design embossed into the leather, semi-dress sporrans combine the same shape and design as the day-wear sporran and a less formal version of the full dress sporran with the body fur of this style normally a hair hide like bovine cow hair rather than a loftier material reserved for full dress sporrans. The full dress sporrans is regarded as the most formal type of sporran. It is an essential attachment for those who wear kilts in special ceremonies and formal events. Prince Charlie often wore this style of sporran to formal occasions. It normally contains fur fronts, a fur gusset, 3 to 6 decorative fur tassels with regular or cross chains, and a metal cantle at the top. The cantle arcs along the top of the pouch and conceals a clasp, ordinarily made from pewter or silver. It might be decorated with Celtic symbols such as the lion rampant, thistle, stag, or Saltire. Some elaborate cantles may include gemstones, such as garnets. This style commonly fastens at the rear with a stud on a small flap that connects the front and rear of the sporran. It allows the wearer to carry a range of items due to the larger size of this sporran.

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