A selection of fans featuring designs from around the world, including the Pacific, Asia and Europe. Folding, woven and painted.
A handheld fan waved in front of a person will have a cooling effect by increasing the airflow over the skin.
The origin of hand fans can be traced as far back as 4,000 years ago in Egypt.
Fans were a fashion accessory and status symbol in many countries including China and Spain.
date: 20th Century
maximum dimension: 480mm
subject area: The Arts, Science, Social Science, Technology, English & Languages
subject themes: Costume, Fashion, Craft, Culture, History, Invention
handling collection number: HC41
Why not take a look at the website of the Fan Museum in London to see hundreds of different fans from all over the world https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/