Arizona District Tartan

Arizona State Tartan


Arizona District Tartan

The Arizona district tartan is an official state symbol of Arizona. Photo from Scottish Tartan Authority, published here under fair use principle (educational, nonprofit, no alternate way to illustrate topic).

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Official State Tartan of Arizona

The Arizona district tartan is registered with the Scottish Tartan Authority and was designated the official state tartan of Arizona in 1995 (by proclamation of  Governor John Fife Symington III). All State Tartans

Commissioned by the state's Scottish societies and designed by Dr. Philip D. Smith Jr., the colors on the Arizona district tartan symbolize:

Green for the forests covering half the state;
brown as a symbol of the desert;
azure represents copper;
white is for silver;
yellow represents gold;
red symbolizes native Americans, and;
red, white and green stripes represent the Mexican population of Arizona.

What is a Tartan?

A tartan is a cloth with a twill weave (usually wool), using a unique pattern of multicolored stripes in both directions. Tartans represent clans (families) or regions in Scotland.  In old Scotland, tartans were used for clothing. Because a family or community worked the cloth together, their clothing was made of the same patterns, 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.