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The hand fan : a traditional productin China

ShirleyYe
2018/2/23 22:55:20
The hand fan : a traditional productin China
I would like to talk about the hand fan in China, a traditional product that can date back to more than two thousand years ago. There are basically two types of hand fans in China. The first is an oval shaped rigid fan, and the other is a foldable fan. Regardless of the type, they are all elaborately decorated. There are four major themes of decoration. The first is Chinese calligraphy. Chinese people are proud of beautiful handwriting and the scripts of famous calligraphers are widely copied and printed on the fans. What is usually written is Chinese poems and four word idioms. This decoration is usually preferred by elderly men and men of letters, who would use a fan with beautiful calligraphy to indicate their literary bents. The second type of decoration is landscape painting, which also has a long history in China. The painting would show hills and mountains shrouded by thin propitious clouds and streams gurgling from the mountain. The third type is flowers. Naturally enough, this decoration is quite popular among women, especially women of ill repute. Just like porcelain and silk products, the hand fan is also a cultural icon of China. Not only is China the birthplace of the hand fan, Chinese hand fan also inspires the fan in other countries like in Japan. After fan-making technique is exported to western countries, it quickly becomes a favorite among court ladies. Even today, the fan has retained its relevance. In muggy days, people would still use hand fans to generate air flow to cool them down or use them to shield from the sun for Chinese people is still obsessed with the notion that fair skin is beautiful. Fans are also used by women when they flirted with men. They would partially cover their faces   when they are being coy. The fans are also mystified in the martial arts movies, which would depict the fans being used as a weapon. The first hand fan I used was a fan made from sandal wood. My mother bought this when she came back home from Yangzhou, where she went on business and bought it as a souvenir. The sandalwood is highly fragrant so when I used it, I felt a waft of fragrant air. It is made by thinly sliced wood pieces threaded together. And it had a panda on one side of the fan, and lush mountains on the other, probably in reference to the hometown of Panda. I had mixed feelings about the fan. First, it is weird for a boy to use a fan. Second, today, the fan is mass produced by machines in the factory, so it no longer had a personal touch. 

Fans are the treasures of the summer,Ha-ha.
2018/3/8 14:59:30