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Japanese Hand Fans
History of hand fans
It is believed that the first hand fans were made in China 3000 years ago. At first they were used to cool down masters by their slaves and they were made from palm leaves. Hand fans represented status symbol and privilege. Their semi-circular shape is considered very lucky. Many cultures, including the Chinese, Japanese and Spanish instinctively associate hand fans with romance and elegant women. Throughout history hand fans had different purposes: to scare away flies, for cooling and of course flirting.
Some of the first fans were made from goose feather. Exotic pieces made from feathers pheasants, hawks, falcons and roosters were used for cooling high and privileged class. Fan made of horse hair or game represented a status symbol of male rulers.
On numerous drawings in Egyptian temples are the characters that keep fans: from simple palm branches to large and majestic fans that were used for refreshment in hot and dry conditions, and they were used for ceremonial purposes. The Chinese probably have the oldest records of continuous production of hand fans. They have a lot of kinds of fans and all of them have their name, while the term shan is used for all types. In sixth century fans are coming to Japan, where the first folding fan was mad - hiogi. There were three basic folding hand fans: the fan adorned with feathers, classic folding fan (uchiwa or OCI) covered with fabric, and so called hokkan fan (in Europe known as brise).
Handmade Japanese Hand Fans - Unique hand fans
Handmade things are always attractive. One of the basic characteristic of such things is that they are unique. You can buy them as a gift or if you are handmade enthusiasts then you should get one.
Handmade hand fan with little butterflies on it. Made from silk and bamboo. Perfect for your purse.
Very gentle and stylish handmade and fan. Great design and pattern. It has little butterflies on it. Made of silk and bamboo. Fits your purse.
Stylish Japanese Hand Fans - Hand Fans for Special Occasions
I always love to have a little detail in my outfit. That can be a brooch, unusual necklace or bracelet. Of course you can add a hand fan. It is a perfect detail for some special occasions like weddings.
Wonderful hand made fan. Perfect for some special occasions and for every day use.
Authentic Japanese Hand Fan - Silk Model: Shouryu - For Home Decor
Authentic and great quality hand fan made in Japan. This hand fan will bring Japan into your home.
It can be used for cooling as well as for home decoration.