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Guarani people (Paraguay)

Last modified: 2006-01-21 by antonio martins
Keywords: guarani | nanduti | spider web lace |
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Guarani flag
image by Gvido Petersons, from a Guarani website
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Description of the flag

Clearly a derivative of the paraguayan national flag, charged over all with a native artistic motive.
António Martins, 06 Nov 1999

The symbol in the middle of the Guarani flag appears to be a piece of nanduti or “spider web” lace. (To see examples of nanduti lace patterns, go to I question whether this is a “real” flag. I spent several weeks in Paraguay on two separate occasions, and never saw the flag pictured here, though the Paraguayan flag was prominently displayed in many places. I realize that this doesn’t prove anything, but it does make me wonder if the flag pictured here is just a nice design to decorate a web page, rather than a flag the Guarani people consider their own.
Terry Jaisy, 27 Apr 2001

Has anyone actually seen this flag other than on the website referred to above? Is there any literature or news reports of its use? Is there a definition or construction sheet someplace?
Terence Martin, 29 Apr 2003

Apparently not. At worse this is the usual Paraguay national flag pattern (tricolor without the emblem) charged with a traditional guarani ornament, used just once as a flag analogue. It might be something more solid than that, though. I don’t know.
António Martins, 29 Apr 2003