There’s not many occasions which aren’t made all the more beautiful with bunting, especially when it’s made in Liberty’s eye-catching fabrics. We don’t need to be celebrating to string the bunting up, in fact a warm summer’s day is often enough, but this year The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will bring with it a profusion of street parties up and down the country so we felt it only right to up our bunting game and introduce some new shapes and colours. Perfect for hanging up at street parties, picnics and weddings or simply to add some jubilation and fun to your garden, our bunting is elevated and timeless, a true celebration of Liberty’s infectiously joyful prints.
BUNTING’S ORIGIN & HISTORY
Whilst bunting is now a staple decoration for festivities and celebrations, the term originally described the high-glaze fabric used to make ribbons and signal flags for the Royal Navy and ribbons in the 1600s. The officer responsible for raising signals using flags is even now still commonly known as a bunts. By the 18th century the strings of flags were used as celebratory decorations for parties and patriotic processions.
The origin of the word bunting is uncertain but it is most closely associated with German language, with bunt meaning colourful while bund means tied together. Originally, bunting would have been made from a light woollen material but the Victorian era saw it more often crafted from the cotton or muslin we’ve come to be familiar with now.
COCO & WOLF’S LIBERTY FABRIC BUNTING
Scallop, streamer or pennant shaped bunting, all crafted in Liberty’s inimitable Tana Lawn cotton.
STRING UP THE BUNTING AT STREET PARTIES
With a long history of celebratory street parties for patriotic events, there’s no denying the UK really does know how to build community spirit and celebrate together. The Platinum Jubilee provides an excellent opportunity for a good old knees with friends, family and neighbours, especially after such a tricky couple of years. Your local authority will have their own regulations and guidance about street parties which you can usually find on your local council’s website and there are lots of tips on The Big Lunch website too.