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West Virginia Shawl – The Official West Virginia State Tartan

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“On March 6, 2008, the Legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution 29, designating the WEST VIRGINIA SHAWL as the official state tartan. These woolen plaid cloths were originally worn to differentiate between Scottish clans and families. Many Americans can claim Celtic roots, and, as a result, more than 20 other states have adopted official state tartans. According to the resolution, a majority of West Virginia’s earliest settlers were of Celtic Descent. The pattern for the West Virginia Shawl is based on a previously undiscovered shawl found at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Barboursville. The official state tartan is based on this design and contains the following colors, each one representing a different aspect of the state: scarlet for the state bird, the cardinal; yellow for the fall colors; blue for the rivers and lakes; black for the official state animal, the black bear, and the state’s oil and coal resources; green for the state flower, the rhododendron, and the state’s meadows; azure for the sky; and, white in order to include all the colors of the United States flag.”  — (WV Blue Book)

[Not to be confused with the “West Virginia Old Shawl.”]


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Explore The Scottish Register of Tartans’ “Tartan Details – West Virginia” website    —   (Our official tartan)

Explore The Scottish Register of Tartans’ “Tartan Details – West Virginia Old Shawl” website    —  (NOT our official tartan)


West Virginia Gazette

June 15, 2013

State tartan: West Virginia shawl – Reprinted from Today in the Legislature, a blog of the West Virginia Legislature, on March 13, 2008: On March 6, the Legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution 29, designating an adaptation of the “West Virginia Shawl” as the official state tartan. Many Americans can claim Celtic roots, and, as a result, more than 20 other states have adopted official state tartans. According to the resolution, a majority of West Virginia’s earliest settlers were of Celtic descent. The pattern for the tartan is based on a previously undiscovered “West Virginia Shawl” found at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Barboursville. The official state tartan is based on this design and contains the following colors, each one representing a different aspect of the state:

  • Scarlet for the state bird, the cardinal
  • Yellow for the fall colors
  • Blue for the rivers and lakes
  • Black for the official state animal, the black bear, and the state’s oil and coal resources
  • Green for the state flower, the rhododendron, and the state’s meadows
  • Azure for the sky
  • White in order to include all the colors of the United States

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