Hand Fan Formal Gathering
Fan Formal Gathering
Folding fan hand decorated by fan masters.
Ribbing made of pierced plastic.
Decorated on one side. Guard sticks (front and back outer sticks)
are embellished on both sides.
approx. 9.5"L opens to 18"
Language of the Fan included
For practicality and sheer beauty few accessories can compete with the
fan. In fact, fans may be one of the oldest accessories. As the folding
fan spread in popularity throughout Europe, royalty and the upper
classes quickly adopted it as a symbol of class and social status.
During the Elizabethan era men and women of the court used fans
not only as a charming fashion accessory, but also as an important social tool.
Members of the court and upper class began using fans to further
private social intercourse between the sexes.
An alphabet of the fan spelled out meeting places for romantic
rendezvous and the number of blades or sticks revealed indicated the time.