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What Is Bunting?

Posted: 3-14-14 | Parker Flags

A lot of people have only heard of the term bunting when it comes to sports. However, bunting has a lot of meanings, including as a reference to flag bunting. The actual definition as provided by dictionary.com is:

bun•ting, noun

  • a coarse, open fabric of worsted or cotton for flags, signals, etc.
  • patriotic and festive decorations made from such cloth, or from paper, usually in the form of draperies, wide streamers, etc., in the colors of the national flag.
  • flags, especially a vessel's flags, collectively.

Most bunting flags are made from a loosely woven fabric that it is able to hold colors over a long period of time. Often times the most common bunting flags are national flags or commemorative flags. Bunting lasts a long time and can withstand many aspects of Mother Nature, including sunlight, making it a great option for an outdoor event.

If you’re looking for patriotic bunting, we have a selection of red, white and blue bunting that includes both nylon bunting and plastic bunting options. Perfect as a flag banner for a 4th of July or Memorial Day barbeque event.

Because bunting is a lightweight yet durable fabric, there are many other uses for it outside of flag bunting.

  • Costumes: The open weave of bunting allows it to breathe well and provides great circulation for clothing. It is often used in children’s costumes, especially for capes because of the way that it drapes.
  • Classrooms: The inexpensive and durable nature of bunting also makes it a classroom favorite for teachers. It can be used for crafts, creating a classroom flag or even as part of an art project that applies paint to the fabric.
  • Weddings: The “pinterst-y” nature of weddings these days has allowed bunting to be seen more and more in the ceremony and receptions of these celebrations. Often times the bunting is cut into a pennant shape and strung throughout the venue. It’s perfect for outdoor weddings and is a keepsake that will last a lifetime.

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