folding fan

Folding fans, also known as "scatter fans", "paper fans", "fimbriae fans", "pinch fans", "folding fans", "folding fans", "gathering head fans", "gathering bone fans", "zhao zi fans", "rotating fans", and "tightening head fans". It is a foldable fan made of bamboo, wood, or ivory, and made of tough paper or silk; When used, it must be spread out in a semicircular shape, gathering heads and dispersing tails.

The earliest record of Chinese folding fans appeared in Jiankang (now Nanjing City) of the Southern Liang Dynasty during the Southern and Northern Dynasties period in the fifth century AD. The "Book of Southern Qi" states: "Chu Yuan obstructed the sun with a waist fan." According to the explanation in the "Tongjian Zhu", "the waist fan" refers to a folding fan

The main materials of fans are bamboo, wood, paper, ivory, tortoiseshell, jade, bird feathers, and other palm leaves, betel nut leaves, wheat stalks, cattails, etc. They can also be woven or made into various daily craft fans with beautiful shapes and exquisite structures. They are meticulously crafted, carved, ironed, drilled, or painted by celebrities, making fan art worth hundreds of times. The traditional fan culture in China originated from ancient times. Our ancestors hunted plant leaves or bird feathers during the scorching summer sun for simple processing to block the sun and generate wind. Therefore, fans are known as "obstructing the sun", which is the origin of fans. The earliest fans were made of reeds as a symbol of power, and their original function was not to cool down, but rather as an honor guard fan for the ruling class to showcase their status and privileges.