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Texas State Tartan

Texas bluebonnet tartan - click to see all state cultural symbols
Texas bluebonnet tartan photo from: Tartans of Scotland.
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Texas Bluebonnet Tartan

The Texas Bluebonnet Tartan was recognized as the official state tartan in 1989. Designed by June MacRoberts, under guidance from the Scottish Tartan Society Museum (the official registrar for tartans), inspired by one of the most prominent symbols of Texas - the bluebonnet (state flower of Texas).
 

Scot with kilt - click to see all state cultural symbols
Illustration of classic Scot in kilt from Scottish Tartans Authority

Tartan refers to fabric woven into plaid patterns representing clans (families) or regions in Scotland.

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. Tartans can also be designed as a symbol commemorating a special event or person.

The Scottish Society of Texas, organized in 1963, represented fifty Scottish Highland clans in Texas. It was a statewide association that sponsored annual Texas Highland Games each May including competition in dancing, piping, and athletic events. The society perpetuated Scottish traditions and provided fellowship for Scottish Americans to promote awareness of their heritage.

Source:
Scottish Tartans Museum;
Links:
History of the TX Bluebonnet Tartan: House Resolution -
Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival
Tartans of Scotland
Scottish Society of Texas: Handbook of Texas Online
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Texas Symbols & Icons:

air force - tie
footwear - music  
artist - bird
bread - cooking  
dinosaur - dog  
dish - snack
fabric - tartan
folk dance
fish - insect
flag - pledge
flower - plant
gem - stone
hall of fame
instrument
 

mammal 1-2-3  
sport - vehicle
metal - molecule
name - nickname
pastry 1 2 - nut
pepper 1-2 - fruit
plays - railroad
reptile - shell
seal -quarter - motto
ship -tall ship
shrub 1-2
song 1-2
tree -grass -soil
vegetable
 

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