Photos: Independence Day, a flag maker’s delight

Business for Indian flag makers sees an upward swing as Independence Day draws near, with orders for flags of all sizes pouring in months in advance.

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With Independence Day 2017 knocking at the door, flag makers in the country are stitching away as demand for the national flag booms. Usually seen at official buildings or landmarks the tricolour takes to the streets as August 15 draws near, being spotted at traffic lights, pinned along streets and in novelty shops all over. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

With Independence Day 2017 knocking at the door, flag makers in the country are stitching away as demand for the national flag booms. Usually seen at official buildings or landmarks the tricolour takes to the streets as August 15 draws near, being spotted at traffic lights, pinned along streets and in novelty shops all over. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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Several families in Old Delhi’s wholesale market area of Sadar Bazar have been engaged in making the national flag for decades. The months leading up to period around August 15 are especially busy as orders start pouring in from all parts of the country. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Several families in Old Delhi’s wholesale market area of Sadar Bazar have been engaged in making the national flag for decades. The months leading up to period around August 15 are especially busy as orders start pouring in from all parts of the country. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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Demand for the tricolor comes in all sizes. From large cloth banners that take place on masts high up the skyline to small hand held versions that are sold by at every corner by hawkers. A woman prepares versions of the latter at her residence which also doubles as a workshop. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Demand for the tricolor comes in all sizes. From large cloth banners that take place on masts high up the skyline to small hand held versions that are sold by at every corner by hawkers. A woman prepares versions of the latter at her residence which also doubles as a workshop. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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A little girl holds on to a national flag, laying in a heap of tricoloured ribbon as other family members are busy completing orders at a flag making workshop in Old Delhi. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

A little girl holds on to a national flag, laying in a heap of tricoloured ribbon as other family members are busy completing orders at a flag making workshop in Old Delhi. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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According to the flag makers in these workshops orders this year are more elaborate in their specifications compared to previous occasions. There has been a rise in demand for larger flags, ranging in the 20-30 ft range this year, many of which are headed to the border areas. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

According to the flag makers in these workshops orders this year are more elaborate in their specifications compared to previous occasions. There has been a rise in demand for larger flags, ranging in the 20-30 ft range this year, many of which are headed to the border areas. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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A massive 500 meter long Indian national flag is packed ahead of Independence day celebrations at a workshop in Old Delhi’s Sadar Bazar. This piece in particular is headed for the Rajouri Garden area in Delhi where it shall be hoisted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

A massive 500 meter long Indian national flag is packed ahead of Independence day celebrations at a workshop in Old Delhi’s Sadar Bazar. This piece in particular is headed for the Rajouri Garden area in Delhi where it shall be hoisted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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A person buys Indian national flags in bulk at a market for the upcoming Independence day celebrations, in New Delhi. Tricolour related paraphernalia ranging from flags to face paint, clothing and banners sees exceptionally high demand among buyers in the days leading up to the eve of August 15. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

A person buys Indian national flags in bulk at a market for the upcoming Independence day celebrations, in New Delhi. Tricolour related paraphernalia ranging from flags to face paint, clothing and banners sees exceptionally high demand among buyers in the days leading up to the eve of August 15. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2017 10:50 AM IST
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