A single look at the Indian National Flag is enough to bring out our patriotism. While many of us salute the waving flag whenever they see it, most don’t know that there is a proper code of conduct regarding our National Flag.
For example, did you know that a flag has to be treated like a human before dismissing it? When it gets dirty or damaged, the flag has to be destroyed by burning or by a method consistent with its dignity. Here are 5 interesting things you should know about our national flag:
Not Everyone Can Make It:
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) regulates the design and manufacturing process of the country’s national flag. Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha (KKGSS) is the only flag production and supply unit in India, which is currently licensed by the BIS.
The Cloth Used:
The famous hand-spun cloth of India, ‘Khadi’, made from cotton, silk, and wool is the only material allowed to make the flag. You can land up in jail for up to three years for flying a flag made of any other material. The guidelines also state that there should be exactly 150 threads per square cm, four threads per stitch, and one square ft must weigh exactly 205 gram. Currently, two handloom units in Dharwad and Bagalkot districts of Karnataka provide the woven Khadi necessary to make our national flag.
Quality Testing and Colouring:
All woven material is tested at BIS labs. About 10% gets rejected at this stage. The approved material is sent back to the factory, and separated for dyeing saffron, white and green. Further, the Ashoka Chakra is either screen-printed, stencilled, or embroidered onto each side of the white cloth. The material used to make our national flag is stronger than denim, as it undergoes quality check as many as 18 times!
Folding the Flag:
The White part is always folded inwards. After that goes Saffron, as the colour fades easily. Finally, Green part comes at the top as it generally never fades. If you fold the flag through a wrong procedure, it gets crumpled and such a flag cannot be ironed. Hoisting it is out of questions.
Women are known for their dedication and perfection. Over 50 women work hard at KKGSS to make the perfect National flags which fly high in the country. As a result, they produce flags worth Rs. 1 crore per year!
Now that you know these interesting facts about our National Flag, why not share them with your friends, so we can all have a better knowledge about our country? There are many wonderful aspects that go into making a flag, if you know any, please feel free to share them in comments below.
Furthermore, please avoid flying any flags which are not approved by the BIS. Doing so is not only illegal, but it also disrespects our National Flag.