Hindelopen - Hylpen is one of the 11 Frisian cities, since 1984 part of
the municipality of Nijefurd. It is in southwest Friesland, a little port
on the IJsselmeer with less than 1.000 inhabitants.
Flag: "Four stripes green and yellow, with in the top hoist, at the
height of the first to stripes, a Hindelooper bird of white and red with
turned head." Confirmed 7-5-1958.
The shield is: Silver a jumping hind red on a green base.
Under Hindeloopen the bird is described a "strekkend" (stretching,
reaching). Frisian name "Hynljippen", local name "Hylpen".
Under Municipality flag the bird is shown to be red and white throughout,
with red feet, head, wings, and tail feathers, a white back, and red and
white wing tips, underside, and neck.
I have no idea what the bird of Hindeloopen might be. Several Hindeloopers
were captains in the East-Indian trade and brought home goods that inspired
special decoration styles for both wood and pottery, creating an art and
industry still in existence. I could imagine the bird to be one of the
motifs used in decorating Hindelooper pottery, but I really have no idea.
The old flag was depicted in Hesman's 'Vlaggenboek' of 1708. Another
flag of Hindelopen was in the Napolitan flagbook of 1667: RWB with a deer
(now in the municipal Coat of Arms) and a bird (in the local dialect 'tjeunk', much
to be found in local handicraft)
The new flag was adopted 7 May 1958, abolished 1984. It is the flag
of 1708 with toward the hoist the bird 'tjeunk'.
Jarig Bakker, 28 October 1999