Jinling Folding Fan keeps tradition alive
2018-02-15 10:44:00


Ni Shijin, 60, provincial-level inheritor of Jinling Folding Fan, has been engaged in the industry for 38 years. “Jinling Folding Fan is famous in China for its delicate design and rich culture. During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Emperor Chengzu, who came to the throne in ancient Nanjing, was impressed by its handiness and elegance, so he ordered the artisan to make royal fan in the palace. Since then, the folding fan began trending among the people.”

In the Exhibition Hall of Jinling Folding Fan Technological Research Institute, the largest fan has a length of nearly two meters and the smallest one is almost the same size as the palm of an adult.

The making of framework plays a vital part in the whole process. To make the hand-made fan “white as jade, shining like mirror, and thin as wing”, the bamboo with a growing period of six to eight years must be used.

The price of folding fan ranges from 100 yuan (about $16) to more than 10,000 yuan. The fan made of Xuan Paper, known as Xuanzhi, would sell for more than 300 yuan, while the one made of mottled bamboo is the most expensive of all.

Source:jschina.com.cn Editor:Dylan