Wednesday, November 19, 2008
day 322 - personal bamboo breeze
Traditional Japanese fans come in two types: the sensu (folding) and the uchiwa (flat).
Both were - and are - made of bamboo and paper, although you also often see plastic versions these days.
The beauty lies as much in the delicate painting as the exact construction.
Sensu are often intricately painted and occasionally have gold leaf applied.
Kanazawa Gold Leaf showrooms.
A range of sensu fans.
The uchiwa is made from just two pieces of bamboo. The handle is continuously split and splayed to form the ribs.
These uchiwa fans may be decorated just as diversely as the folding variety.