Making Clothing from Flag

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  1. coloradonan

    coloradonan New Member

    I have been requested to make a kilt from either an American Flag or using material with American Flag inprint which will be worn at a sporting gathering in Scotland next fall. Is it legal to use either the flag or material displaying an american flag? Would it be ok since this will never be worn in the U.S.?
     
  2. APS221

    APS221 Member

    According to the section of the United States Code known as the Flag Code (Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8d), "the flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery." It is not "legal," but there are no penalties for violations of the Flag Code, it simply serves as a guide for treatment of the United States Flag.

    Instead of using the Flag or material displaying an American Flag, you should use a red, white, and blue tartan. If you search online, you will find a few American tartans and tartan mills that sell the fabric.
     
  3. Abigail Becky

    Abigail Becky New Member

    Yes,you are right.
     
  4. When reading the flag code, one needs to start at the beginning.

    The first paragraph states, "The words 'flag, standard, colors, or ensign', as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America."

    Anything that can be construed as representing the flag, IS THE FLAG, and falls under this code.
     
  5. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Well-Known Member

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    Greetings, "Always Right Sometimes"!


    Welcome to the USA-FLAG-SITE Forum!

    Sorry for "butting in", but it seems that you are referring only to the very last sentence in Section 3 of the "Flag Code" (United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag). Section 3, in its entirety, is solely dedicated (and limited) to the District of Columbia.

    Section 3 of the "Flag Code" in its entirety is as follows ( Source : http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagcode.htm ) :

    QUOTE : "§3. Use of flag for advertising purposes; mutilation of flag
    Any person who, within the District of Columbia, in any manner, for exhibition or display, shall place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing, or any advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America; or shall expose or cause to be exposed to public view any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign upon which shall have been printed, painted, or otherwise placed, or to which shall be attached, appended, affixed, or annexed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, or drawing, or any advertisement of any nature; or who, within the District of Columbia, shall manufacture, sell, expose for sale, or to public view, or give away or have in possession for sale, or to be given away or for use for any purpose, any article or substance being an article of merchandise, or a receptacle for merchandise or article or thing for carrying or transporting merchandise, upon which shall have been printed, painted, attached, or otherwise placed a representation of any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign, to advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark, or distinguish the article or substance on which so placed shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $100 or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both, in the discretion of the court. The words "flag, standard, colors, or ensign", as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America."


    Thank You!

    Robin Hickman
    "Your Friendly Neighborhood Flag Man"
    Eugene, Oregon, USA.

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  6. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

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