Prayer Flags for Poles

Since ancient times, prayer flags have been put up for protection from negative forces and to bring balance and harmony to the environment. Since 2000 we have been producing traditional prayer flags in our Kathmandu Studio – Radiant Heart East. We have chosen the best cloth available in Nepal on which to print We offer several sizes and designs, pre-sewn on rope in sets of five, ten and twenty-five, using two printng techniques: traditional woodblock and modern silk-screen.

Woodblock Prints

For centuries traditional Tibetan prayer flags were printed using woodblocks; the same method used for printing Buddhist texts on paper. For this method the designs are meticulously carved in reverse on flat slabs of wood, usually tight grained hardwoods. Ink is applied with a roller or ink soaked pad to the block and a blank piece of cloth is laid over the block. A clean roller or padded weight is pressed on the back of the cloth, transferring the ink from the woodblock to the cloth. The new flag is carefully peeled from the woodblock and hung up to dry. The ink used these days is usually kerosene based. It is fairly non-toxic and waterproof. The major disadvantage of these inks is that light colored inks cannot be printed on dark backgrounds. Essentially, everything gets printed with black ink. Woodblock carving is becoming a lost art. There are few artisans that can accurately carve Tibetan script in reverse, and it is difficult to obtain as fine a detail as can be obtained with more modern printing techniques. We searched for several years for the collection of woodblocks we use to print our prayer flags. We feel that these are probably the best woodblock printed flags available in the world today.

Silk Screened Prints

Whereas wood block printing requires printing with a dark ink over a lighter color cloth, silk screening allows for light ink on dark cloth. Because the screens are created photographically, any line drawing can be turned into a design and clear detail is possible. Although the printing techniques are modern, we are careful to only print traditional designs. With the exception of the "World Peace Prayer Flag" and the "Prayer to Avert Nuclear War," all the designs are hundreds of years old.

Cotton Cloth

We use a high quality cotton cloth for all our prayer flags instead of polyester or nylon. We have found that good quality cotton holds up just as well or better than polyester and it doesn’t degrade or fade as much in the sun. We also prefer cotton because when the flags shred and disintegrate, the threads and cloth will biodegrade without the non-organic residue associated with nylon and polyester. Cotton is safer for the little animals that use the bits of cloth for their nests. Also, the traditional way of disposing of old prayer flags is to burn them. Burning polyester or nylon cloth produces toxic smoke and a gooey mess. That’s why we prefer cotton. Believe it or not, 100% cotton colored cloth is almost impossible to find in Southeast Asia. The cloth we use is called 100% cotton but we suspect it has about 10% polyester thread. It’s the best quality fabric we’ve been able to find.

5-Color Pole Flags

  • 5 Color Woodblock Printed - 7'-6" Tall
    5 Color Woodblock Printed  - 7'-6
    5MC
    Regular price
    $30.00
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    $30.00
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  • 5 Color Screen Printed - 7'-6" Tall
    5 Color Screen Printed - 7'-6
    5MVS
    Regular price
    $35.00
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    $35.00
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  • 5 Color Chuktor Namgyalma - 10' Tall
    5 Color Chuktor Namgyalma - 10' Tall
    5CN
    Regular price
    $60.00
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    $60.00
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  • 5 Color Avert Nuclear War - 10' Tall
    5 Color Avert Nuclear War - 10' Tall
    5ANW
    Regular price
    $60.00
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    $60.00
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9 Foot Tall Vertical Prayer Flags

  • 9 foot - Set of 5 Prayer Flags
    9 foot - Set of 5 Prayer Flags
    6MC
    Regular price
    $170.00
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    $170.00
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  • 9 foot - Health & Longevity
    9 foot - Health & Longevity
    6BC
    Regular price
    $36.00
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    $36.00
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  • 9 foot - Purification of Karma
    9 foot - Purification of Karma
    6WC
    Regular price
    $36.00
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    $36.00
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  • 9 foot - Wish Fulfilling Prayer
    9 foot - Wish Fulfilling Prayer
    6RC
    Regular price
    $36.00
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    $36.00
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  • 9 foot - Compassion & Protection
    9 foot - Compassion & Protection
    6GC
    Regular price
    $36.00
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    $36.00
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  • 9 foot - Windhorse Victory Banner
    9 foot - Windhorse Victory Banner
    6YC
    Regular price
    $36.00
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    $36.00
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6 Foot Tall Vertical Prayer Flag

  • 6 foot - Set of 5 Prayer Flags
    6 foot - Set of 5 Prayer Flags
    4MC
    Regular price
    $135.00
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    $135.00
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  • 6 foot - Health & Longevity
    6 foot - Health & Longevity
    4BC
    Regular price
    $30.00
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    $30.00
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  • 6 foot - Purification of Karma
    6 foot - Purification of Karma
    4WC
    Regular price
    $30.00
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    $30.00
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  • 6 foot - Wish Fulfilling Prayer
    6 foot - Wish Fulfilling Prayer
    4RC
    Regular price
    $30.00
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    $30.00
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  • 6 foot - Compassion & Protection
    6 foot - Compassion & Protection
    4GC
    Regular price
    $30.00
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    $30.00
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  • 6 foot - Windhorse Victory Banner
    6 foot - Windhorse Victory Banner
    4YC
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    $30.00
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    $30.00
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3.5 Foot Tall Vertical Prayer Flag

  • 3.5 foot - Set of 5 Prayer Flags
    3.5 foot - Set of 5 Prayer Flags
    2MC
    Regular price
    $100.00
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    $100.00
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  • 3.5 foot - Health & Longevity
    3.5 foot - Health & Longevity
    2BC
    Regular price
    $22.00
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    $22.00
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  • 3.5 foot - Purification of Karma
    3.5 foot - Purification of Karma
    2WC
    Regular price
    $22.00
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    $22.00
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  • 3.5 foot - Wish Fulfilling Prayer
    3.5 foot - Wish Fulfilling Prayer
    2RC
    Regular price
    $20.00
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    $20.00
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  • 3.5 foot - Compassion & Protection
    3.5 foot - Compassion & Protection
    2GC
    Regular price
    $22.00
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    $22.00
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  • 3.5 foot - Windhorse Victory Banner
    3.5 foot - Windhorse Victory Banner
    2YC
    Regular price
    $22.00
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    $22.00
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10 Foot Tall Bhutanese Style Prayer Flags

  • 10 foot - Bhutanese Style Set of 5
    10 foot - Bhutanese Style Set of 5
    7BM
    Regular price
    $145.00
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    $145.00
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  • 10 foot - Health & Longevity - Bhutanese Style
    10 foot - Health & Longevity - Bhutanese Style
    7BB
    Regular price
    $32.00
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    $32.00
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  • 10 foot - Purification of Karma - Bhutanese Style
    10 foot - Purification of Karma - Bhutanese Style
    7BW
    Regular price
    $32.00
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    $32.00
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  • 10 foot - Wish Fulfilling Prayer - Bhutanese Style
    10 foot - Wish Fulfilling Prayer - Bhutanese Style
    7BR
    Regular price
    $32.00
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    $32.00
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  • 10 foot - Compassion & Protection - Bhutanese Style
    10 foot - Compassion & Protection - Bhutanese Style
    7BG
    Regular price
    $32.00
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    $32.00
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  • 10 foot - Windhorse Victory Banner - Bhutanese Style
    10 foot - Windhorse Victory Banner - Bhutanese Style
    7BY
    Regular price
    $32.00
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    $32.00
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7 Foot Tall Bhutanese Style Prayer Flags

  • 7 foot - Set of 5 Flags - Bhutanese Style
    7 foot - Set of 5 Flags - Bhutanese Style
    5BM
    Regular price
    $120.00
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    $120.00
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  • 7 foot - Health & Longevity - Bhutanese Style
    7 foot - Health & Longevity - Bhutanese Style
    5BB
    Regular price
    $26.00
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    $26.00
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  • 7 foot - Purification of Karma - Bhutanese Style
    7 foot - Purification of Karma - Bhutanese Style
    5BW
    Regular price
    $26.00
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    $26.00
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  • 7 foot - Wish Fulfilling Prayer - Bhutanese Style
    7 foot - Wish Fulfilling Prayer - Bhutanese Style
    5BR
    Regular price
    $26.00
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    $26.00
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  • 7 foot - Compassion & Protection -Bhutanese Style
    7 foot - Compassion & Protection -Bhutanese Style
    5BG
    Regular price
    $26.00
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    $26.00
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  • 7 foot -Windhorse Victory Banner - Bhutanese Style
    7 foot -Windhorse Victory Banner - Bhutanese Style
    5BY
    Regular price
    $26.00
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    $26.00
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Prayer to Avert Nuclear War Pole Flags

  • 5 Color Avert Nuclear War - 10' Tall
    5 Color Avert Nuclear War - 10' Tall
    5ANW
    Regular price
    $60.00
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    $60.00
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  • Avert Nuclear War Pole Flags -Set of 5
    Avert Nuclear War Pole Flags -Set of 5
    ANWM
    Regular price
    $170.00
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    $170.00
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  • Avert Nuclear War - Blue
    Avert Nuclear War - Blue
    ANWB
    Regular price
    $38.00
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    $38.00
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  • Avert Nuclear War - White
    Avert Nuclear War - White
    ANWW
    Regular price
    $38.00
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    $38.00
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  • Avert Nuclear War - Red
    Avert Nuclear War - Red
    ANWR
    Regular price
    $38.00
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    $38.00
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  • Avert Nuclear War- Green
    Avert Nuclear War- Green
    ANWG
    Regular price
    $38.00
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    $38.00
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  • Avert Nuclear War - Yellow
    Avert Nuclear War - Yellow
    ANWY
    Regular price
    $38.00
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    $38.00
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Gesar Flags

  • Ling Gesar - Set of 5
    Ling Gesar - Set of 5
    Gesar-M
    Regular price
    $180.00
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    $180.00
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  • Ling Gesar - Blue
    Ling Gesar - Blue
    Gesar-B
    Regular price
    $40.00
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    $40.00
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  • Ling Gesar - White
    Ling Gesar - White
    Gesar-W
    Regular price
    $40.00
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    $40.00
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  • Ling Gesar - Red
    Ling Gesar - Red
    Gesar-R
    Regular price
    $40.00
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    $40.00
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  • Ling Gesar - Green
    Ling Gesar - Green
    Gesar-G
    Regular price
    $40.00
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    $40.00
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  • Ling Gesar - Yellow
    Ling Gesar - Yellow
    Gesar-Y
    Regular price
    $40.00
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    $40.00
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Chuktor Namgyalma Prayer Flags

  • 5 Color Chuktor Namgyalma - 10' Tall
    5 Color Chuktor Namgyalma - 10' Tall
    5CN
    Regular price
    $60.00
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    $60.00
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  • Chuktor Namgyalma - Set of 5
    Chuktor Namgyalma - Set of 5
    CNM
    Regular price
    $160.00
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    $160.00
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  • Chuktor Namgyalma - Blue 27"x 27"
    Chuktor Namgyalma - Blue   27
    CN-B
    Regular price
    $36.00
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    $36.00
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  • Chuktor Namgyalma - White 27"x 27"
    Chuktor Namgyalma - White  27
    CN-W
    Regular price
    $36.00
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    $36.00
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  • Chuktor Namgyalma - Red 27"x 27"
    Chuktor Namgyalma - Red  27
    CN-R
    Regular price
    $36.00
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    $36.00
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  • Chuktor Namgyalma - Green 27"x 27"
    Chuktor Namgyalma - Green  27
    CN-G
    Regular price
    $36.00
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    $36.00
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  • Chuktor Namgyalma - Yellow 27"x 27"
    Chuktor Namgyalma - Yellow  27
    CN-Y
    Regular price
    $36.00
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    $36.00
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Universal Buddhist Flags

  • Universal Buddhist Flag - 46"x 35"
    Universal  Buddhist Flag - 46
    Large
    Regular price
    $25.00
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    $25.00
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  • Universal Buddhist Flag - 33"X 25"
    Universal Buddhist Flag - 33
    Medium
    Regular price
    $21.00
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    $21.00
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  • Universal Buddhist Flag - 27"X 19"
    Universal Buddhist Flag - 27
    Small
    Regular price
    $15.00
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    $15.00
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Karmapa Dream Flags

  • Karmapa Dream Flag - 48"X 29"
    Karmapa Dream Flag - 48
    Large
    Regular price
    $45.00
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    $45.00
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  • Karmapa Dream Flag - 36"X 21"
    Karmapa Dream Flag - 36
    Medium
    Regular price
    $35.00
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    $35.00
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  • Karmapa Dream Flag - 24"X 14"
    Karmapa Dream Flag - 24
    Small
    Regular price
    $25.00
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    $25.00
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Tibetan National Flags

  • Tibetan National Flag - 59"X 46"
    Tibetan National Flag - 59
    Large
    Regular price
    $32.00
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    $32.00
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  • Tibetan National Flag - 40"X 26"
    Tibetan National Flag - 40
    Medium
    Regular price
    $25.00
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    $25.00
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  • Tibetan National Flag - 27"X 16"
    Tibetan National Flag - 27
    Small
    Regular price
    $15.00
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    $15.00
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