With people, Without changing its shape
Our stories begin when our ancestors started their business from Motoyui, which is a band to tie hair made by Washi, Japanese paper. Then they gradually changed their business to make Japanese folding fans using Washi in accordance with the times. You may be surprised to know that there were/are hair bands and Japanese folding fans made of paper, but Washi is strong and durable. Some people say “Folding fans made of Washi are more durable than those made of fabric”.
Japanese folding fans started to be used among nobles and priests in Kyoto almost 1,200 years ago, when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. We call the folding fans made in Kyoto especially “Kyo-Sensu”, which means “Kyoto folding fans”.
When we open a Kyoto folding fan, the edge spreads widely. The shape of this opening fan is called “Suehirogari”, and is said to be lucky. Each line on both sides broadens toward the end, and we see long-lasting prosperity there.
Not only as a tool to cool us down on hot days, but also as a stage property of Japanese traditional performance art like Kabuki or Noh, Japan/Kyoto folding fans are quite familiar to us Japanese. They are also one of the important items for Kimono or Yukata, traditional Japanese outfits worn for celebrations and formal events.
Kyoto folding fans have never changed their shape since their origin, and we have been close to many people by making them.