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HAND FANS - DID YOU KNOW...

HYSTORY, ORIGINS & FABOULUS INSIGHTS

Hand Fans’ origins go back a long way. History tells that they have been invented in China & Japan, and were then taken to Europe in the 1500s by way of trade routes. 

Italians hold the record for being the firsts hand fans’ users in Europe. Veeery long story short, hand fans have always represented, and will always represent, a symbol of style. This retro accessory is both decorative, chic and useful: you can cool yourself down, while making a fashion statement. 

Welcome back Folding Fans! The Summer’s Next Big Accessory: the timeless “must have”.  Functionality meets Style.  However, Hand Fans are much more than this: they have no age, race, or gender. Their versatility distinguishes them from basically any other accessory you can think of. 

THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF FANS

"WOMEN ARE ARMED WITH FANS, AS MEN ARE WITH SWORDS"

In the 19th century, ladies had to follow strict etiquette rules set by society. This constant pressure to be perfectly docile & composed in public, led them to come up with a solution to be able to communicate with gentlemen: the Secret Language of Fans. 

In Victorian times, therefore, fans were not only used as an accessory, but also as a silent communication tool. Ladies learned how to deliver messages to suitors through gestures and hand movements, using their fans. 

Throughout time, the proper use of this magnificent accessory was passed down from woman to woman: even since the 18th century women solidarity has always been a thing. I believe this is fascinating. 

THE LANGUAGE OF THE FAN, DECODED

Carrying in the right hand in front of the face

Follow me

Carrying in the left hand in front of the face

I am desirous of your acquaintance

Carrying in the right hand

You are too willing

Carrying in the left hand, open

Come and talk to me

Covering the left ear with an open fan

Do not betray our secret

Drawing across the forehead

You have changed

Drawing through the hand

I hate you

Drawing across the cheek

I love you

Drawing across the eyes

I am sorry

Twirling in the left hand

We are watched

Twirling in the right hand

I love another

Presented Shut

Do you love me?

Open and shut

You are cruel

Open Wide

Wait for me

Touching tip with a finger

I wish to speak to you

Hands clasped together holding an open fan

Forgive me

Letting it rest on the right cheek

Yes

Letting it rest on the left cheek

No

Letting it touch the right eye

When may I be allowed to see you?

The number of sticks shown answers the question

At what hour?

Fanning slowly

I am married

Fanning quickly

I am engaged

Placing it on the left ear

I wish to get rid of you

Placing handle to lips

Kiss me

Placing behind head

Don’t forget me

Placing behind the head with Little Finger extended

Goodbye
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