Official State Tartan of Oklahoma
The Oklahoma District State Tartan was officially adopted by Oklahoma legislature in 1999. All State Tartans
Designed by Oklahoma native Jerrel R. Murray, the colors of red, white, black, and gold on a field of blue are symbolic of the people, agricultural products, manufactured products, and natural resources of Oklahoma.
What is a Tartan?
"Tartan" can be defined as a cloth with a twill weave (usually made of wool) using a unique pattern of multicolored stripes in both directions, that has been officially accepted by some group as "theirs." A tartan pattern is traditionally called a "sett." When woven, the sett is mirrored in all directions and defined by a particular thread count.
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 are also designed to commemorate a special event or person.