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Chinese Summer Vintage Bamboo Folding Fan

Chinese Summer Vintage Bamboo Folding Fan

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This fan is made with the highest quality artisanal technique – batik – which involves individually coating each bamboo rib in hot wax before dyeing. The result is an elegant fan that radiates with colorful intricacies as it either decorates your wall or cools you down on a summer day.

Its foldable design allows for easy storage and transportation, while its silk fan covering offers a brilliant texture and shine that exudes sophistication. Don’t miss out on this classic piece from Mainland China; order your Chinese Summer Vintage Bamboo Folding Fan today!


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Folding Fan Culture

The History of Folding Fan

The Chinese folding fan has a long and rich history dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). The earliest Chinese folding fans were made of feathers or silk and were used by the nobility for cooling and as a status symbol. The folding fan became popular during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD) and was used as an accessory in dances and theatrical performances.

During the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD), the folding fan became more widely used by the general population, and new materials such as paper, bamboo, and sandalwood were used to create them. The folding fan also became an important canvas for Chinese art, with many famous artists using the fan as a medium to create miniature paintings and calligraphy.

In the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD), the folding fan became a fashionable accessory and was often decorated with intricate designs and patterns. The Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912 AD) saw the folding fan reach its peak in popularity, with fans becoming larger, more elaborate, and featuring a wide variety of materials such as ivory, jade, and precious metals.

Today, the folding fan remains an important cultural icon in China, and many traditional craftspeople still create beautiful and intricate fans using traditional methods and materials.

Type of Chinese Folding Fan

There are several types of Chinese folding fans, each with its unique characteristics and purposes. Here are some of the most common types:

  1. Palm-leaf fan: This fan is made of palm leaves and is the most basic type of Chinese folding fan. It is inexpensive and commonly used for daily purposes.
  2. Silk fan: These fans are made of silk and are often used for formal occasions. They are lightweight and delicate, with intricate designs and patterns.
  3. Sandalwood fan: Made from the fragrant sandalwood, this type of fan is popular for its refreshing scent and beautiful wood grain.
  4. Paper fan: These fans are made of thin paper or silk and are often used for calligraphy or painting. They are lightweight and easy to carry around.
  5. Feather fan: This fan is made of feathers, often from birds such as peacocks. They are typically used for ceremonial purposes, such as in traditional Chinese dance performances.
  6. Folding hand fan: This type of fan is designed to be held in the hand and is often used for cooling oneself. They can be made of various materials, including bamboo, wood, and silk.