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Tartan Details - Springbok

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Springbok" tartan is shown below. 

Reference: 10397
Designer: Murison-McGowan, Ina
Tartan date: 01/12/2010
Registration date: 6 May 2011
Category: Fashion
Restrictions: Yes. There are no restrictions on who can wear this tartan.
This tartan may only be reproduced or woven by Tartans 4 Africa, Cape Town, South Africa. Copyright is pending. Contact: [email protected]

Registration notes: This tartan is produced by Tartans 4 Africa to celebrate the Springbok (antidorcas marsupialis), a swift and graceful gazelle of Africa. It gets its common name from its characteristic jumping display - 'pronk' in Afrikaans, meaning to boast or show off. The many different shades of green, from a very subtle green to a quite dark and mysterious green, was the starting point of this design. It resembles the fertile veld of South Africa where the Springbok grazes. The Springbok itself was the inspiration for the centre of the sett, focussing on its beautiful lustrous eyes and the white patch on its back. It also represents the rich gold found in South Africa. The name 'Springbok' has been applied to any team or individual representing South Africa in international sporting competitions and has been adopted as a nickname by a number of South African sports teams - most famously by the South African rugby team who are fondly known as "the Boks". It has also appeared on the emblems of the South African Air Force, the logo of South African Airways, the reverse of the Krugerrand, and the Coat of Arms of South Africa.
Woven Sample: A woven sample of this tartan has been received by the Scottish Register of Tartans for permanent preservation in the National Records of Scotland.
Registrant details: Mrs Ina Murison-Mcgowan, P. O. Box 15457, Panorama, South Africa, South Africa, 7506
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