Timeless accessory conveys declarations of love

Timeless accessory conveys declarations of love

In Japan and Spain he ignites the passion of the traditional dances there. On hot days, it creates a refreshing wind, looks elegant and is therefore a requisite of female coquetry. The subjects. That he once spoke the most poetic language in the world and conveyed secret messages is today largely unknown.

The history of the fan can be traced back to ancient Egypt. A golden frond with feathers was found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (1350 BC). According to legend, a Japanese craftsman invented the collapsible fan in the 7th century, inspired by the wings of a bat who had lost his way to his workshop. In the 16th century, the subject reached the sea via the sea route from the Orient to Europe and experienced its heyday there. "Fächermachen" became an art craft and the fan itself an art object whose handle was made of wood, mother of pearl, ivory or horn. The sheet of paper, silk or lace was painted with biblical scenes, ancient mythological images or magnificent nature motifs. Thus subjects, especially in the Baroque period, reached a very high status as a symbol of aristocracy and grandeur.

Lady with fan by Gustav Klimt

Lady with fan by Gustav Klimt


The fashionable fresh air spirals noble women in stuffy ballrooms even developed a fascinating fan language, the emotions expressed clear and graceful. The strict social rules and prohibitions of the then courtly society could be bypassed by the ladies mediated by certain fan gestures sound messages to their admirers. For example, a closed, heart-pointing fan indicated love confession. If you held it in front of your face with your right hand, that meant: follow me! If you move the fan back and forth, the message was: We are being watched. At the tip of the nose, the fan warned against eavesdropping. If you put it on the right cheek, that was called "yes" and on the left cheek "no". Laid on the lips, the fan gave hope for a kiss. If the lady opened the fan and looked over it, she wanted to say her longed-for: I expect you tonight. The number of fanfolds that her finger drove betrayed the hour of the Randezvous. Local meetings were arranged without anyone knowing anything about it.

the old fan language is completely forgotten

the old fan language is completely forgotten

"Love, fear, hope, hatred, contempt, as any emotion at all was expressed clearly and gracefully with the fan", Georg Buß writes in his monograph "Der Fächer". Today, this refined way of communicating has been completely forgotten. Flaming passion and secret love messages are communicated in modern society through electronic media. And what seduction instrument brings us the future, we do not yet know. But if you want to be influenced by the elegant art of the fan-maker and the lyrics of the old subject language, then you can visit the exhibitions in the Subject Museum in Bielefeld and enjoy them.

Fans are also beautiful home accessories

Fans are also beautiful home accessories

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Flamenco hand fan shop - Sevilla, Spain

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