This fan was composed of feathers mounted in the end of a handle. These fans were decorated using Chinese calligraphy pens. With the time various forms and shapes of these hand fans came into use. Also the nature of the materials, such as bamboo, feathers or silk changed with time. In ancient Japan hand fans were greatly influenced by the developments in China. The earliest visual representation of fans in Japan goes back to 6th century CE. The folding hand-fans in Japan date back to 6th to 9th century. The first was the court fan, called the “Akomeogi” called so after the court women’s dress named “Akome”.
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