A potted history of the Suffragette flag....
2018 marks 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave some women the right to vote, and opened the door to voting on equal terms in 1928.
The‘Suffrage’ flag uses the distinctive purple, green and white of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). This was the more militant of the suffrage organisations, often called Suffragettes. After 60 years of peaceful campaigns, the WSPU formed in 1903 and engaged in campaigns of civil disobedience. As repeated conciliation bills failed to gain traction in Parliament, militant methods continued to escalate. The types of militant protests were wide ranging; the suffragettes engaged specialist chemists to manufacture explosives, cut telephone wires to bring down government communications, and engaged in mass window smashing campaigns across London’s West End.
The WSPU chose these colours to reflect white for purity, purple for dignity and green for hope. From their foundation, the WSPU had been good at marketing their image to the wider public. They sold merchandise in these striking colours to advertise their cause and fundraise and it is telling that these are the colours often still associated with the suffrage movement today.
This listing if for the plain three stripe Suffragette flag. If you would like text added to the stripes in sewn format, we charge £4 plus vat per letter and if you'd like us to add text to a printed flag this is free of charge (please search Suffragette Votes for Women to see a text version example).
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Each flag is finished and supplied with a strong canvas, rope and toggle, triple sewn fly end and supplied with a complimentary shower proof drawstring flag bag for safe keeping.
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Where flags are fully SEWN with detail, applique is sewn through a layer giving a sewn mirror image on reverse. We use Ministry of Defence spec woven polyester which replaced the traditional wool and linen/cotton mix fibre fabric in and around the 1980s. The fabric has a matt finish and a strength and durability which lasts longer than the previous natural fibre fabrics.
Where flags are part-SEWN part-PRINTED, a sewn woven polyester base is stitched and hemmed and the detail (badge, emblem etc.) is printed twice and sewn to each side of the flag around the detail. Where flags are fully PRINTED, the format is single layer, printed through with mirror image on reverse.
All our quality printed flags are made using durable knit polyester fabric and PLEASE NOTE this is NOT to same as what other retailers describe as 'economy' flag fabric (roughly translating to cheap and nasty and not likely to last more than a few days) .
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