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Fashion Wind from Canton -18th-19th Centuries Export Fans from Guangdong Folk Arts Museum

Keywords: Canton, Export Art

During 16thcentury, Chinese folding fans were introduced into Europe and gained much favor. From then on, to satisfy European market demand,China made the hub of Canton where a great number and variety of remarkable fans were manufactured. 

These Canton export fans were fashioned with diverse materials. During Kangxi, Yongzheng periods (1661-1735) and before middle Qianlong period (circa 1770) of Qing Dynasty, the most popular ones were made of ivory. From middle Qianlong period, tortoise shells, Black lacquer works with gold-painted patterns, silver as well as shells were adopted as fan surfaces and sticks. After Jiaqing period (1796-1820) folding fans of paper, silk and sandalwood became on trend. These developments reflected popular tastes and fashion changes of that time. The fashion which was set off by these fans breezed via trade voyages into Europe and America. Beneath the fashion were the waves of cultural confluence of China and the West.

Under the grand background of “One Belt One Road Initiative” promoted by Chinese central government today, we made this exhibition from the highlights of our export fan collection. We hope that our visitors may enjoy a fan fashion which was influenced by China-West trade and cultural communication and be introduced to their colorful changes.

Area: <500㎡
Graded Objects: 51 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 22 Jun 2016--22 Jun 2017

Height Limitation: 4 m
Gallery Environment Control:Temperature 24℃, Humidity 40 %
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Safety & Security:Yes ,N/A
Number of Staff: 5

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