Green Lace Asanoha Pattern Marugame Fan

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These green lace fans with 'asanoha' pattern were made by craftsperson Toshiki Yoshikawa, within the collective of fan makers based in Marugame, Kagawa.

On the coast facing the Japan inland sea, the region of Marugame has a tradition in fans. The precise origins are obscure, but it is thought that by the early Edo period (early 17th century), a small industry was in place.

Using bamboo from the neighbouring Iyo region (modern Ehime), and paper from Tosa (current Kochi), the fans had an association with local materials from the very beginning. A lineage of craftspeople were supported by the feudal authorities, and this tradition for individual fan makers continues today. In all there are 47 separate handmade processes involved in making a Marugame fan, and at least 16 different shapes.

The Marugame fan cooperative, maintains a register of craftspeople of particular fan making prowess, and are working hard to encourage a new generation.

They are 34cm high and around 14cm wide.  The handle is 14cm long.

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