The Missouri State Tartan
“SHOW ME TARTAN”
DESIGNED BY KENNETH SLAYOR
On July 11 2019, Missouri Governor Mike Parsons signed SB210, officially designating the ‘Show-Me’ tartan as the official state tartan for Missouri! We’re simply ecstatic to see this goal finally fulfilled and is the culmination of hard work and dedication. To everyone who made this possible, our immeasurable thanks goes to those working in the state legislature, our society, and the general public who have a passion for Scottish culture. We’ll release details very soon on how you can order the fabric and have kilts and other items made with the new tartan!
The design is derived from four inspiring symbols of the state of Missouri, the Eastern Bluebird, the Missouri Mule, the Crescent Moon, and the Bear. The green and blue lines represent the fields,rivers,woodlands, streams, and Ozark Mountains of Missouri. The light blue, red, and white stripes represent the Eastern Bluebird and ideals found in our state flag: vigilance, justice, valor, and purity. The first band of brown represents the Missouri Mule, and therefore our steadfastness, sturdiness, and industriousness. The narrow band of light blue crossing the Ozark Mountains represents the Crescent Moon, reminding us of our potential for prosperity and our status as the second state to be forged out of the Louisiana Purchase. The second band of brown represents the Grizzly Bear, a symbol of strength. Hence, this pattern stands for: vigilance and justice, valor, purity, steadfastness, hope, and strength.