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Tartan Details - Edinburgh Zoo Panda, The

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Edinburgh Zoo Panda, The" tartan is shown below. 

Reference: 10505
Designer: Kinloch Anderson Ltd
Tartan date: 13/10/2011
Registration date: 1 November 2011
Category: Commemorative
Restrictions: Yes. This tartan is only to be used and marketed according to the wishes of the Edinburgh Zoo. The tartan fabric and products which feature the tartan may not be made or sold unless specific permission has been requested to and granted by the Edinburgh Zoo.

Registered with UK IPO #4024931, 27 June 2012.
Registration notes: Created to celebrate the arrival of a breeding pair of pandas at Edinburgh Zoo. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland was formally established on the 18th of March 1909, by Edinburgh lawyer, Thomas Gillespie. In order to give the design a direct link to The Edinburgh Zoo’s heritage, the Gillespie Tartan was the starting point for this new design. The main colours of the tartan are black and white, directly representing the Panda’s. Grey shades have been added to soften the tartan as well as to convey the gradation of colour from black to white, as seen on the Panda’s fur. The red represents China as the pandas are their gift. The number 3 signifies luck because it sounds similar to the Chinese character for birth. Where possible therefore, three red overchecks have been inserted into the heart of the design. This shows China, as well as the pandas, in the hearts and minds of Scotland and its people. Green has also been included to represent the pandas' favourite food, bamboo.
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.
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