A Flurry of Fans


By Nicole Fallon

FANS have been used in China for more than 2000 years. The earliest known fan was made of woven bamboo, but fans in ancient China were made of a variety of other materials as well, including feathers and silk.

Fans are important decorative items – they can be simple items or lavish, expensive works of art painted by famous artists. They are used in traditional fan dances in China, Japan, and Korea.

Crafty Idea: You can make your own doll-sized fans easily!

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