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Britex Celebrates Pride With All the Colors of the Rainbow

June 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics 0 comments

ripstopRip-stop nylon available on the second floor at Britex Fabrics

The rainbow Pride flag is a familiar and beloved icon, proudly sewn and flown all over the world...and if you want to make one yourself, Rip-stop nylon is a bright, durable option! Our brick-and-mortar store offers Rip-stop in a whole spectrum of colors on the second floor.


It might seem like the Pride flag has been here forever, but it was actually created 40 years ago by artist Gilbert Baker. Baker was born and raised in Kansas, and after being honorably discharged from the military he taught himself to sew. He moved to SF in 1970, where he honed his sewing skills as a drag queen (he made his own costumes because he couldn’t afford to buy them), and created banners for anti-war protests. He met Harvey Milk--who challenged him to create a flag representing the unity of the gay community. Thirty volunteers helped Baker stitch the first two rainbow flags, which were raised for the first time in San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza during the Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978.


The six colors on the current Rainbow Flag (first popularized in 1979) symbolize diversity and spirituality--the stripes represent life, healing, sunlight, nature, art, and harmony/spirit. Baker's original flag had eight colors, but two stripes were removed due to practical considerations of mass production by the Paramount Flag Company; hot pink was cut when Baker ran out of dye, and indigo/blue and turquoise were replaced by royal blue. In 2015, the SF Museum of Modern Art acquired Baker's Pride flag for its permanent collection.

Britex Fabrics celebrates LGBT Pride and diversity, and is proud to feature rainbow colors in fabrics, trims and feathers--come check out our new boas!--during Pride month!

gulf-to-atlanticIn 2003, to commemorate the Rainbow Flag’s 25th anniversary, Baker created a Rainbow Flag that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean in Key West. After the commemoration, he sent sections of this flag to more than 100 cities around the world.