Hand-Held Ladies' Fans

Hand-held fans have a fantastic history! Originally believed to have been used for practical purposes, such as quickening the burning of a fire or keeping bothersome bugs away, fans eventually evolved into quite a prestigious social status indicating one’s wealth and class. Extensive research dates their uses back several centuries. You might be surprised to discover that the subtle, graceful way in which a fan was held actually reflected a language of its very own!

During the Egyptian times, long-handled fans were used as a ceremonial symbol reflecting the power and the privilege of pharaohs, priests, kings and queens. Throughout the 7th-10th centuries, folding fans were believed to have been created in the Orient and became part of daily life for the people living in Asia.