A 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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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.
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.