The foldable fan originated in Japan and was introduced to China in the early tenth century. The Chinese then created a technique of placing paper on both sides of the blades, which come together at the base to form a handle. That led to a new japanese form called suehiro, “sue” means "end" and “hiro” means "expand”.
Fans have always played an important role in Japan, their ability to spread out has come to symbolize development, expansion and prosperity. Apart from the functionality of it creating a breeze, they have become a key part of japanese culture in exchanging greetings and play many roles in ceremonial occasions.
This kimono likely uses Yuzen Dyeing for its intricate fan motifs. The term yuzen is named for the legendary Kyoto-based artist Miyazaki Yuzen Sai (1650-1736), who was a lauded fan painter and the man who came up with the original techniques still seen in traditional kimono dying today.
Likely using the Kyo-Yuzen technique, it hails from Miyazaki Yuzen Sai’s home city of Kyoto. Created for the higher echelons of society, such as members of the imperial court, Kyo yuzen is all about showing off the finer things in life. Typical Kyo yuzen designs can be spotted by their intricate patterns, which are not afraid to incorporate elaborate silver and gold leaf embroidery into their design.
Dry clean (recommended) / Handwash.
Store in cool and dry place away from direct sunlight without plastic covering to avoid trapping humidity and mildew
Note: As with most vintage clothing, there might be slight stains and small holes dependent on the condition of the piece.