With St. Patrick’s Day behind us, my granddaughters still proudly wore the tee-shirts I had rigged for them. I say ‘rigged’ because I am not a craft-oriented person. I quilt, I make, but the finer point of “Wonder Under” fusible web products eludes me.
|Green is for the Catholic faith, Orange for the Protestant, and White is for the Peace that binds them.|
In trying to save time, I ironed, and glued, and cursed. The end result were two little girl orange tee-shirts, garishly decorated with leprechaun prints and edged in gold fabric paint. The girls liked them, okay?
It was the Irish flag, supposed to be the Irish flag in green, white and orange.
A country’s flag is a big deal. I recently read an article in National Geographic by Jeremy Berlin, in which he discusses the “Flags of the World Today”. What does a flag really mean?
Berlin wrote, “…a flag may be designed by contest or committee. The challenge: to distill a nation’s essence—values, beliefs, traditions—into just a few shapes or colors.”
|India: green, white, and orange|
From Jeremy Berlin, I learned that a vexillographer must incorporate the five hallowed principles: distinctiveness, simplicity, no lettering, two or three colors, and only meaningful symbols.
Note: I have been reading Jeremy Berlin's articles for years, didn't know it. Here is one on Polar Bears.