New – 5 Pack of Tibetan Flag Bunting

These just in, we now have a 5 pack of this very special bunting.

Tibetan Prayer Flags

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prayer flag is a colorful panel of rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside, prayers are meant to be carried along with the wind.  They are usually woodblock-printed with texts and images.

Red = Long Life

Blue = Peace

Green = Prosperity

White = Success

Yellow = Knowledge

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Tibetan Prayer Flags

prayer flag is a colorful panel of rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes.  They are usually woodblock-printed with texts and images. Only $3.95 each.  Purchase in our eBay Store Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors represent the elements  Blue symbolizes sky/space, white symbolizes air/wind, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth.  According to Tibetan medicine, health and harmony are produced through the balance of the five elements. Darchor (vertical) prayer flags are usually large single rectangles attached to poles along their vertical edge. Darchor are commonly planted in the ground, mountains, cairns, and on rooftops. The Indian monk  Atisha (980 – 1054 CE) introduced the Indian practice of printing on cloth prayer flags to Tibet and Nepal.  Legend ascribes the origin of the prayer flag to the Shakyamuni Buddha, whose prayers were written on battle flags used by the devas against their adversaries.    You can find more detail in Wikepedia. The best time to put up new prayer flags are in the mornings on sunny, windy days.

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History of Bunting Cloth

Today, “bunting” is a term for any festive decorations made of fabric, or of plastic or paper in imitation of fabric.  The dictionary shows “Bunting” as rows of brightly colored little flags that are hung across roads or above states as a decoration for special occasions.

But, I wanted to know a little more about bunting and its history.  It interested me that a type of cloth used for bunting was from Worstead yarn, due to the type of cloth that is produced and the weight.  The name derives from Worstead, a village in the English county of Norfolk This village, together with North Walsham and Aylsham, became a manufacturing centre for yarn and cloth after Flemish weavers immigrated to Norfolk in the 12th century, so main cloth available during Medieval times.

Bunting was originally a specific type of lightweight worsted wool generically known as tammy, manufactured from the turn of the 17th century, and used for making ribbons and flags (also for the Royal Navy), due to its high glaze after pressing.  The cloth used for bunting can also be heavy cotton or canvas, that can withstand outdoor elements.

A wherry in front of the mill c.1912

Briggate Mill, Norfolk.

Weaving flourished in the village for over five hundred years. It came to a close after power-driven machines in Yorkshire took over, where both water and coal were readily available. And there it remains to this day, centred on Bradford and Huddersfield.

How to Hang Bunting

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thanks to the “beautiful bunting” site in UK for great article

Hanging Bunting

You will need points to attach your bunting to. Each length has a long tie at both ends and is concertina folded in the box to enable you to unfold the bunting as you hang it from the box.

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Tie up throughout the length using the ties provided. Good on marquees, gazebos, round the house etc.

You can also use pegs, masking tape, metal ties – anything that won’t damage or mark the bunting. (Please no staples, blu tack or tape that leaves a residue.)

Guidelines on how to pack and return the bunting will be provided with each hire. We provide these guidelines to follow so that we can ensure each subsequent hire retains the same high quality and ease of hanging that you were provided with.

Marquee Sizes and Recommended Amounts

Feet Metres Recommended Amount
12 x 12 3.6 x 3.6 10 – 20m
20 x 20 6 x 6 30 – 40m
40 x 20 12 x 6 40m
40 x 40 12 x 12 40 – 50m
60 x 40 18 x 12 50 – 60m
80 x 40 24 x 12 60 – 80m
100 x 40 30 x 12 80 – 100m
120 x 40 36 x 12 100m

This guidance is to give you enough lee way to hang as you please within a marquee and are rough estimates.

Please look at our more photo links on the bunting page to get more ideas for hanging.

Eternal Spring in New York

A couple of nice shots this week from New York City from my camera.  Just for fun!

What is Bunting, or Garland, or Pennants?

My sister told me about bunting, I’ve been in the States so long that I hadn’t heard that term in years.  But darned if I could find what it’s called here.  I googled, I searched eBay, Amazon, Etsy, nothing came up except for sites in England and Australia.   After many hours at this, inbetween work (photographing, typing, eating, calling tech support – ughh), I finally came upon the term here, it’s pennant flags.  Or even garland.

So when I did finally find those sites, there wasn’t much to look at except sports flags, national flags and the awful plastic flags you see flying around used car lots.  No, nothing lovely like back home.  Sweet bunting that can be hung at the beach house, or in the garden on a summer’s eve.  And, not forgetting beautiful weddings and celebrations.

Until now.