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Dictionary of Vexillology: Appendix IX

Diagonal Stripes

Last modified: 2019-04-24 by rob raeside
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Below please find illustrated the various diagonal stripes seen in vexillology, together with the terms that have been used to describe them and references to where they may be found in the main text as appropriate.

With regard to those stripes carrying compass directions, please note that in an east-west or west-east diagonal the end of the stripe nearest the top of the flag is given first, whereas, in all other cases the end closest to the hoist is that first listed.


Bend, Descending Diagonal, Falling Diagonal, Hoist Diagonal, Right diagonal or Right Diagonal Bar
See ‘descending diagonal
descending diagonal

Ascending Diagonal, Bend Sinister. Fly Diagonal, Rising Diagonal, Reverse Bend, Left Diagonal or Left Diagonal Bar
See ‘ascending diagonal’.
ascending diagonal

Reduced Bend or West-East Diagonal
See ‘west-east diagonal’.
west-east diagonal

East-West Diagonal or Reduced Bend Sinister

See ‘east-west diagonal’.
east-west diagonal

Enhanced Bend or North-South Diagonal

See ‘north-south diagonal’.
north-south diagonal

Enhanced Bend Sinister or South-North Diagonal
See ‘south-north diagonal’.
south-north diagonal

North-East Diagonal
See ‘north-east diagonal’.
north-east diagonal

South-East Diagonal
See ‘south-east diagonal’.
south-east diagonal

West-North Diagonal
See ‘west-north diagonal’.
west-north diagonal

West-South Diagonal
See ‘west-south diagonal’.
west-south diagonal


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