All of our printed Bhutan flags are made by a process called Dye Sublimation. This process impregnates the fibres of the fabric, the result is a flag that has very accurate colour, and importantly the design appears clearly on both sides of the flag. This is known as ‘printed through to reverse’ and is an important consideration when choosing your flag as both sides will be seen when flying.
There isn’t much known about the flags prior to the first national flag being adopted in 1949. However it is said that the flag prior to 1949 was a yellow field with a dragon at the centre referencing the relationship of the country with the emperors of China.
When Indo-Bhutan treaty was signed in 1949 the first officially national flag was chosen and featured a square yellow and red bicolour with a green dragon in the centre. The dragon was chosen because the locals called the country ‘Druk’ which is the name of the Bhutanese thunder dragon.
A new flag was created in 1956 for the third King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and it was based on a photograph of the original flag, as the whereabouts of the 1949 flag was unknown. It featured the black and white dragon facing towards the fly end.
In 1969 Jigme Dorji Wangchuck asked for changes to be made to the flag that included making it a rectangle and the red part changed to orange and the dragon’s body was relaxed. This new flag remains to the present day. It wasn’t until 1972 that a code of conduct was drafted to specify the flags size and conditions in which it should be flown.
Each part of the flag has specific meanings. The white colour of the dragon is said to represent purity, the yellow represents the Kingdom of Bhutan’s yellow Kabney, the orange represents the Buddhist tradition and the jewels represent Bhutan’s wealth and security.
The Variant Flag of Bhutan
The Variant Flag of Bhutan is the similar to the National Flag of Bhutan apart from a differently designed dragon.
The National Emblem of Bhutan
The National Emblem of Bhutan was official classified as they symbol of Bhutan in 2008. It is a circle that features two Vajra, a ritual object representing thunderbolts and diamonds that are crossed with a lotus below and a jewel above. It also features a Male and female dragon at the sides of the crossed Vajra.
The Army Air Roundel of Bhutan
The Royal Bhutan Army Air wing has a roundel that features the colours of the national flag of Bhutan.