Latvia used this flag from 1918 until 1940, when its use was banned under Soviet rule. Latvia readopted the flag in 1990 after regaining independence. The red stripes are sometimes said to represent the Latvians willingness to defend freedom and liberty. Alternatively, a legend suggests that the colors originated when a Latvian leader was wounded in battle and his blood stained the edges of the white sheet he was wrapped in.
This flag is dyed on silky, lustrous rayon and is hemmed and mounted to a 10 in. black pole that includes a gold-painted spear. Base not included.