How to choose a fan and what parts make it up?

As with other objects such as the jug, each time it is less common to see fans. This traditional accessory was the best companion to cool off on hot summer days and any woman had one in her bag to use when the heat was the most pressing.

For some time now, you see much less. Either because in most of the closed places there is air conditioning (or fans) or because it seems “old”, the truth is that the fan has become a utensil more decorative than anything else.

Decline of a faithful companion

Although the historical moment in which the fan had a greater boom dates back centuries –Especially among the wealthiest classes–, during the 20th century any woman had several: from the one she used at home when it was very hot, to the one she wore to an event, generally much more elaborate and elegant.

From the 80s and 90s the fan fell into disuse, the new generations did not incorporate it into their day-to-day life and its production was reduced to a few specialized factories serving the most loyal users and the tourist demand. After all, the fan is a typically Spanish element (although originally from China) and her beauty is undeniable, with which it continues to have a certain tourist pull.

Choosing a fan

When choosing a fan, it all depends on the tastes of who is going to buy it … and the budget, as there are authentic artworks they are not affordable for most pockets. If it is to be used for “intensive” use, it must be light and resistant so that the doll does not get tired when fanning. And if it must also be used to protect from the sun –typical scene watching the bulls in the sun–, it is better to use a country with few lace as they allow the sun’s rays to pass through. On the other hand, if you want to use it for a specific event, design becomes important ahead of its usefulness.

Parts of a fan

Parts of a fan

The country or landscape it is the fabric that acts as a membrane for connecting the rods to each other, they explain on the web “They make twice as many folds minus one that the number of rods has the fan, making alternately incoming and outgoing folds so that the fan can be folded and stretched perfectly. The ‘membrane’ space between two bends must be odd (ie twice the number of rods minus one). The motif of this ‘country’ or membrane is very diverse, and could even be an embroidery of fabrics and lace ”, they explain. The other parts of the fan are the rods, which can be made of various materials, the nail that unites them and standards, which are the thickest “rods” that protect the rest and the fan when it is closed.

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