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Craft umbrella historical origin

Nov 09, 2017

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Craft umbrella in our country has thousands of years of development history, oiled paper umbrella is not only the traditional gear in China, especially in our country has a long history of folk arts and crafts and handicrafts.


Allegedly, as early as the spring and autumn period and the last years, our country ancient famous master carpenters ruban often in fieldwork, if encounter rain, often get wet. Ancient records: "cloud's split bamboo for the article, in order to hide, curl, such as stick, open such as cover", meaning that cloud ruban wife's want to do something to block rain, she chopped bamboo strips, casts on the thin skins, look like a "pavilion", curl, such as stick, open such as cover. In fact, this is later umbrella. Umbrella of the father of this story is cloud's ruban's wife, also explains the history of China's umbrella for several one thousand years ago.

In the 11th century BC, had made of silks umbrella, but only good people can use. Displays yellow ruler majesty "canopy umbrella" Qin Mu male first used when according to verify is the warring states period, until the qing dynasty.


Paper was invented by CAI lun in eastern han dynasty, has appeared on paper with tung oil oiled paper umbrella, but at that time the umbrella's yellow paper, it shows the history of oiled paper umbrella in China about 2000 years ago.


The tang dynasty, oiled paper umbrella is widely used in folk. During this period, with the advent of dedicated to painting and calligraphy paper, a special made from rice paper umbrella surface, facilitate the write in the umbrella of painting and calligraphy oiled paper umbrella. Also during this period, oiled paper umbrella spread to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, southeast Asia and other places.


Oil has been widely used in song dynasty "green umbrella", color is given priority to with green, in the famous painting "on the qingming festival, lively bazaar people use this" green oil umbrella ".


In the yuan dynasty, with the invention of the cotton, cotton oil oil cloth umbrella, it is said that the italians when Marco Polo returned home, bringing China's oil cloth umbrella, europeans are improved, and then developed into the modern significance of folding umbrella. After the yuan dynasty, oiled paper umbrella, oil cloth umbrella has always been our country folk main rain gear tools.


Ming and qing dynasties, oiled paper umbrella in the folk widely used, at the same time, this period of artists like writing on the umbrella. In March 2005, an auction in the United States, the text prove the creation of a landscape painting oiled paper umbrella on the price of 980000 dollars, it's a pity that the ancient famous and popular creation oiled paper umbrella is few.