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New Hampshire State Tartan

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New Hampshire Tartan

New Hampshire Tartan; photo by Tartans of Scotland.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire adopted New Hampshire as the official state tartan in 1995. Purple represents the state bird and flower (purple finch and purple lilac); green represents the green of the forests; black represents New Hampshire's granite mountains; white represents the snow; and red represents all the state heroes.

Tartan refers to fabric woven into plaid patterns representing clans (families) or regions in Scotland. Tartans can also be designed as a symbol commemorating a special event or person. In old Scotland, the tartan was used for clothing and as a banner or flag. Because a family or community worked the cloth together, their clothing was made of the same patterns, and so a person could be recognized by the Tartan plaid that he wore.

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