New Hampshire Tartan
NEW HAMPSHIRE TARTAN
2015 was the celebration of 20 years since the NH Tartan was signed into law as NH's official state tartan. We have created a New Hampshire Tartan Collection sure to please any New Hampshire native or tourist. This unique collection of apparel and gift items are created with pride and is exclusively available from D F Custom Embroidery. THE HISTORY OF THE NH TARTAN In 1993, the idea of creating a New Hampshire Tartan for the 20th Anniversary of the New Hampshire Highland Games in 1995, was initiated and designed by hand weaver 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 Steve Avery arranged for Governor Stephen Merrill to proclaim the Tartan as the State Tartan of NH as of June 1994. In January of 1995 Avery introduced a bill to the NH Legislature for permanent recognition which was passed in May of 1995, The colors in the NH Tartan have a significance to the state. The purple represents the state's bird (Purple Finch) and state flower (purple lilac). The green represents the green of the forests, black represents our granite mountains, white represents the snow and red represents all the state heroes.