Utah Centennial Tartan

Utah State Tartan

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Utah centennial tartan

Utah Centennial Tartan; photo © Tartans of Scotland: Utah Centennial.

Official State Tartan of Utah

Utah Legislature recognized the Utah Centennial Tartan as the official tartan of the state in 1996. All State Tartans

From Utah's Online Library: "The Utah Centennial Tartan shall have a pattern or repeating-half-sett of white-2, blue-6, red-6, blue-4, red-6, green-18, red-6, and white-4 to represent the tartan worn anciently by the Logan and Skene clans, with the addition of a white stripe. The tartan honors the first Scots known to have been in Utah and those Utahns of Scottish heritage. "

What is a Tartan?

Tartan is a cloth with a twill weave (usually made of wool) using a unique pattern of multicolored stripes in both directions, and accepted by some group as "theirs." Tartans represent clans (families) or regions in Scotland. 

In old Scotland, the tartan was used for clothing. Because a family or community worked the cloth together, their clothing was made of the same patterns. In the eighteenth century Clan Tartans were adopted and a person could be recognized by the tartan they wore. Tartans can also be designed as a symbol to commemorate a special event or person.

A tartan pattern is traditionally called a "sett." When woven, the sett is mirrored in all directions and defined by a particular thread count.

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