In 1995, the state adopted an official state tartan.
The St. Andrew's Society of New Hampshire to view the tartan
The colors are listed with
the number of threads used to create the tartan. The sett for the New
Hampshire Tartan is as follows:
green 56, black 2, green
2, black 12, white 2, black 12,
purple 2, black 2, purple 8, red 6, purple 28
The colors in the sett all
have significance to the state. The purple represents the State's bird
and flower, the purple finch and purple lilac; green represents the
green of the forests; black represents our granite mountains; white
represents the snow; and red represents all the state heroes.
New Hampshire Revised
Statutes Annotated (RSA) 3:21
History of the New
In 1993, the idea of
creating a New Hampshire Tartan for the 20th Anniversary of the New
Hampshire Highland games in 1995, was initiated. Designed by
handweaver, Ralf Hartwell of Newton, NH, the New Hampshire Tartan is
unique in its color tones, in that special dye lots must be prepared
for the coloring process.
With the review and
verification of the design as original and authentic by the Tartan
Educational and Cultural Association and the International Association
of Tartan Studies, NH State Representative Stephen Avery arranged for
Governor Stephen Merrill to proclaim the Tartan as the State Tartan of
New Hampshire in June of 1994. In January of 1995, Avery introduced a
bill to the NH Legislature for permanent recognition, which was passed
in May, 1995.
The New Hampshire Tartan
NH House of Representatives