Various schools within the anarchist movement have adopted their own flags, colours and neckerchiefs. These flags are bisected diagonally with the right half in black for anarchy and the left half in a color representing each school's ideas. These color templates are also extended to five-pointed stars representing the same schools.
The red-and-black flag is the symbol of the anarcho-syndicalist and anarcho-communist movements. Black is the traditional color of anarchism, and red is the traditional color of socialism. The red-and-black flag combines the two colors in equal parts, with a simple diagonal split. Typically, the red section is placed on the top-left corner, with the black on the bottom-right corner of the flag. This symbolizes the co-existence of anarchist and socialist ideals within the anarcho-syndicalism movement, and to symbolize the more socialistic means of the movement leading to a more anarchistic end.
The colours became best known during the Spanish Civil War, with members of the CNT and other anarchist movements adopted them for their flags, neckerchiefs and hats. Some beautiful pictures of the use of this neckerchief can be seen in the movie Libertarias, a must-see for anyone interested in the Spanish Civil War, Anarchism and the history of Socialism and Communism.
Now available through this site:
Large size triangular neckerchief in Black and Red
Dimensions: 115cm (45") x 81cm (32")