While I was having a little mooch around Oxfam, I came across these little beauties. They are hand made fans from India. After doing a little research about these gorgeous accessories. I discovered that typically the fans made in India are either fixed or rotational. Meaning the fan could rotate in a full circle. This is quite different to the folding style made by the Chinese and Japanese, this being the style that we in the west are more familiar with. These particular one’s were fixed into place. I have learned that these charming pieces of textiles were made from many different textile techniques from embroidery to hand sewing and weaving. They also used lots of materials from bambo to leather and beads, to silk, grass, cayne, or feathers. Interestingly each province in India has claim to it’s own shape singular to itself. These ones that I found were woven with small silk flowers and beads hand stitched on. If this is something that you are interested in you can go and find out more at The Fan Museum in Greenwhich. This amazing museum is exclusively dedicated to fans of all kind. I have sent the museum an email about them so hopefully I can find out some more information about these lovely creations.
Fans £2.99 each Oxfam
Please note that my research was done at http://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/pankha.html