The hiogi fan is the fan used by noble ladies of Heian Japan on formal occasions. Entirely made of wood and delicately painted with nature scenes, the fans were used equally to keep the user cool as well as hide her face from strangers.
Here is my hiogi fan before paint. After this pic was taken I ended up adding fan slats for a total of 19 slats. Each slat is about 15" long and 1 1/2" wide.
It's no wonder that so few of these fans survive to present day; they are very fragile!
The traditional hiogi fan was stringed together at the top with string, but I chose to use ribbons to stay true with Tanemura-sensei's art style.
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