In 2004, The Grand Lodge of Utah sponsored the design and production of a Tartan fabric that would represent Freemasonry in Utah as well as elsewhere. Scottish Tartan plaids have been used for centuries by Scottish clans as a means of identifying and unifying families across the country. This tartan was designed with the family of Freemasonry in mind.
Anne Carroll Gilmour, an internationally known weaver specializing in traditional Scottish Tartan weaving, designed the pattern and submitted it to the Scottish Tartans Authority in Perthshire, Scotland for registration. The pattern was deemed unique and the Registration Certificate issued. A mill near Edinburgh was then commissioned to weave the cloth in bulk.
The colours in the cloth were carefully chosen to represent the various Masonic family organizations including but not limited to the Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shrine of North America, Job's Daughters International, DeMolay International, Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile and et cetera.
As a Scottish family's unique tartan represents that family throughout the world, so too does the Freemason's Universal Tartan™ represent the family of Freemasonry and its goals to make this world a better place to live in
The sale of the Freemason's Universal Tartan™ cloth and manufactured articles is an endeavour sponsored by Wildwest Woolies for the Grand Lodge of Utah. Proceeds after expenses will be donated directly to the Grand Lodge of Utah. The structure of this fundraiser is subject to review and/or change by the Grand Lodge of Utah and Wildwest Woolies. The Freemason's Universal Tartan™ was designed and registered by Anne C. Gilmour using colours specifically chosen to represent Masonry and the concordant and appendant bodies related thereto.
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