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Korean folding fans have been around since 800 BC. In the Korean language, the word fan “puch’oe” literally translates to ‘a bamboo frame that blows air’. There are two distinct types of Korean fans – round-shaped fans and folding fans. In this post today, we will focus on the folding fans as they are the ones that exhibit the Korean artistic talent at its best. The traditional Korean folding fan is also known as “hapchuk puch’oe”.

Most commonly, the Korean folding fans have decorations of landscapes, flowers, birds, and ‘the four gentlemen’ (plum, orchid, chrysanthemum, and bamboo). Traditionally, these designs were hand-painted, making the fans a status symbol too. A Korean traditional paper, ‘hanji‘ is the fan main material that you mount on the frame. There are some common materials like bamboo, ivory, bone, wood, and even mother of pearl that are perfect for Korean folding fans.

Red Lotus Flower, Green Leaf, and Blue Bird Painting Korean Decorative Fan

The painting on Korean mulberry paper has beautiful lines made by the full breadth of the unfolded fan’s outline. The design of the lotus is a symbol of Buddha’s seat as well as the Western Paradise where Buddha resides. As it is a plant that bears flowers and fruit at the same time, it is an auspicious symbol for those who wish to have children.

Red Lotus Flower, Green Leaf, and Blue Bird Painting Korean Decorative Fan

Black Chinese Ink Bamboo Painting Korean Decorative Fan

The painting exhibits the bamboo, an elegant and graceful plant symbolic of North-East Asia. The Maedeup (Korean macrame) strand tied on the handle gives the beautiful panache to this fan. The bamboo, one of the “four noble beings” (sagunja), symbolizes loyalty as its leaves and stalks stay green throughout the seasons.

Black Chinese Ink Bamboo Painting Korean Decorative Fan

Red and White Korean Plum Flower Painting Korean Decorative Fan

This fan depicts the maehwa tree painting on which a pair of birds perched on a branch for a rest. This tree is one of the sagunja (“four noble beings”) motifs. The Korean plum blossoms are the herald of spring, and it is a symbol of the noble spirit overcoming all hardships.

Red and White Korean Plum Flower Painting Korean Decorative Fan

Red Pomegranate and Bird Painting Korean Decorative Fan

The fan painting shows fully-ripened pomegranates and a pair of birds perched on the branch between the fruits.

Red Pomegranate and Bird Painting Korean Decorative Fan

Orange Flower and Bird Painting Korean Decorative Fan

The fan has hand-painted orange flowers and birds’ depiction on the Korean mulberry paper that create a beautiful harmony with the lines of the folding fan.

Orange Flower and Bird Painting Korean Decorative Fan

Traditional Korean Folding Hand Fan with Cute Cat Butterfly Painting

This one is a slight variation with a painting of a cute yellow cat romping with a butterfly. The fan is made of cotton and bamboo material.

Korean Traditional Star & Flower Silk Hand Fan

A folding fan with stars and flowers design.

Korean Traditional Star & Flower Silk Hand Fan

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