Chinese Paper Fans

Folding paper fans first became popular in China during the Ming dynasty when the slats of the fan were made of ivory, bone, tortoise shell, or mother of pearl.

Paper fans are important cultural symbols in East Asia, where Geisha girls traditionally use fans with 10 bamboo slats in their fan dances, and Japanese women use fans to fan themselves in hot weather. Our hand held fans are 10” in length and have 20 slats to hold the fan open.

The paper fan symbolizes friendship, respect and good wishes, hence their increasing popularity at weddings and birthday celebrations. They are traditionally given on special occasions so why not decorate your wedding venue with Chinese paper fans and let your guests take them home as a memento of your special day.