On Thursday, July 22, SWATRIC, an IIT Delhi startup, has developed an advanced textile solution for the Indian tricolour in collaboration with the Flag Foundation of India.
According to a statement, the flag’s material was chosen and designed specifically to be durable for extreme weather in the country’s diverse climatic and geographical conditions, without being too heavy.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was recently signed between the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT), IIT Delhi, and the Foundation to carry out related research and development activities through the startup.
SWATRIC, a startup founded by researchers from the Institute’s Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, is working to develop cutting-edge technologies to assist the domestic textile and garment industries in India in commercialising new and competitive categories of smart and functional products.
On January 26, 2002, Indian citizens were granted the right to fly their national flag throughout the year, and the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark decision on January 23, 2004, that the right to fly the national flag freely, with respect and dignity, is a fundamental right.
“Designing and developing engineered fabric for the flag is a significant challenge given India’s diverse climatic and geographical conditions. The materials used to make the flag must be carefully chosen and designed for it to be durable in extreme weather conditions without being too heavy” according to the statement.
The Flag Foundation of India is a non-governmental organisation that was established under the Societies Registration Act of 1980 with the primary goal of popularising the display of the Tiranga (tricolour) by more and more Indians with a strong sense of national pride.
Major General (retd.) Ashim Kohli, CEO of the Flag Foundation of India, said of the MoU with IIT Delhi, “Obtaining high-quality flags has always been a challenge for us. It is an honour for us to collaborate with IIT Delhi experts on developing appropriate technologies that are relevant to the country’s pride.”
IIT Delhi’s Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering has been working on smart and functional textile projects for a long time, actively supporting the National Technical Textiles Mission to empower the Indian textile sector through ‘Make in India’ technologies for a variety of applications including geotextiles, defence, sportswear, smart wearables, medical, composites, transport, protection, packaging, etc.