Bunting fabric has a long and colorful history that dates back to the early 1600s. It derives its name from the word “buntie,” which referred to a lightweight wool used on Royal Navy ships. The fabric was initially associated with the flags used on ships, with an individual triangular flag known as a tammy, stemming from the French word “estamet,” indicating a lightweight wool fabric.

This fabric was traditionally used for making ribbons and flags, including signal flags for the Royal Navy. Over time, the use of bunting has evolved from its maritime origins to become a symbol of celebration and decoration for various public and private events. It gained popularity as a festive decoration in the UK, particularly during street parties to celebrate significant national events such as the end of World War II, the Queen’s jubilees, and more recently, during the Royal Wedding of William and Kate in 2011 and the Diamond Jubilee a year later.

The properties of bunting fabric include a high glaze, achieved through hot-pressing, making it particularly suitable for creating flags and ribbons. It is strong, durable, and washable, which makes it a more sustainable option than single-use materials like paper and plastic. Bunting fabric can be easily customized and creatively used to make different flags for various occasions, from home decorations to events like birthdays, weddings, and national celebrations.

In terms of care, bunting fabric should be washed gently in cold water and can be line-dried. It can also be ironed if necessary to maintain its appearance. For those interested in crafting their own bunting, the fabric is widely available at stores like Fabric.com.

In summary, bunting fabric has transitioned from a practical material for maritime signaling to a vibrant symbol of festivity, reflecting the spirit of celebration and community across generations.

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Birdie Bailey

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