Tennessee State Tartan


Tennessee tartan

Tennessee tartan plaid; image from TN.gov.


Adopted as the official state tartan of Tennessee in 1999, the Tennessee tartan was created by the Heart of Tennessee Scottish Celebration in conjunction with all the other Scottish societies in the state. The tartan uses the colors natural white, dark green, purple, red, and dark blue:

White represents the unity of the three Grand Divisions of the State of Tennessee
Dark green represents the importance of agriculture to the state
Purple represents the state flower (iris)
Red represents the sacrifices made by Tennessee soldiers and pioneers
Dark blue represents the mountains of Tennessee

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