It’s that time of the year when our patriotic fervour is at its highest and when flaunting the Indian national flag is perhaps the most fashionable thing to do. While you can buy the Indian tricolour from hawkers and vendors on street sides, the only officially approved place to buy the Indian national flag are the stores that come under the Khadi Development and Village Industries Board. In Lucknow, these would be the Gandhi Ashram stores in the city

What the Law says

According to the law, the Indian flag is to be made of hand spun and hand woven wool / cotton / silk / khadi. It should be rectangular in shape and the ratio of the length to the height should be 3:2. The manufacturing process and specifications for the flag are laid out by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The right to manufacture the flag is held by the Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission, who allocates it to regional groups.

The Indian Flag Code allows private citizens to hoist the flag on any day of the year, with dignity, honour and respect. But did you know that flying a flag that does not conform to the BIS standards is punishable by law with imprisonment up to three years, besides a fine!

Available at Gandhi Ashram, Lucknow

At Shri Gandhi Ashram Khadi Gramudyog Bhavan in Hazratganj, Lucknow, you will find flags made of khadi and silk in varying sizes.

The Indian flag in 4 x 6 ft silk, available at Gandhi Ashram store in Hazratganj, Lucknow

The options available in sizes are:
🇮🇳 The smallest flag is 2 ft x 3 ft, which comes for ₹850 in khadi and ₹2765 in silk
🇮🇳 3 ft x 4.5 ft
🇮🇳 4 ft X 6 ft
🇮🇳 6 ft x 9 ft
🇮🇳 The largest flag comes in a size of 8 ft x 12 ft, and is available usually on prior order, which costs almost ₹10,000 in silk

All flags come with the Indian Flag Code clearly mentioned in Hindi and English on the box.

(Left) The Indian flag on display at Gandhi Ashram, Lucknow
(Right) The National Flag Code on the flag packaging

The flags available here are certainly more pricy than the ones you will find elsewhere, but that’s because they are made of hand spun fabric.

Location: Shree Gandhi Ashram Khadi Gramudyog Bhavan, Hazratganj, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Lucknow