Today, I researched fans. What are the parts called, how are they used?
If you are familiar with historical fiction, then you know there is a Language of the Fan, just as there is a Language of Flowers. According to the Jane Austen’s World blog, the rules were rather rigid in the Victorian era, but not necessarily before that. Alas, I write in the Regency period.
That will not stop me learning something new about fans, however! Perhaps one of my lovely ladies will have to bring the language of the fans to Regency England from a far away exotic locale.
So, what did we learn on our journey into the past today?
1. The fan goes way, way back. At least as far back as 1235 B.C. according to this article. Wow.
2. The first folding fan is still pretty damn old – over 1000 years old as it was first adopted in China somewhere between 900 and 960. Same article as #1.
3. The language of the fan, if it actually exists (apparently, there is debate on that) was not universal.
I leave you with two links – both of which share some hidden meanings. What about your historicals? Do you use the art of the fan in yours?