We are sure that as a born lover of flamenco you have noticed that there are many elements and accessories that accompany this. Another very prominent element in the flamenco scene is the flamenco fan.
Like the shawl, the Flemish fan has its origin in the Asian continent, specifically in China and Japan around the middle of the seventh century. It was not until the fifteenth century that it reaches the European continent through Portuguese merchants, who had free access to the eastern market. With the passage of time, he arrived in Spain where he was welcomed quickly, especially in the south due to the climate of the area. It was considered rare and expensive, and in principle it was used by ladies of high society and over time it became popular and came to have a language of seduction.
This instrument has Egyptian ancestry, but with a different appearance; Do you know how it came to have the form it currently handles? As a Japanese legend says the following:
“A hot night took place in the home of a humble fan craftsman, when a bat that entered through the open window went to crash against the flame of a lamp when the man tried to scare him from his scared woman. The next day, the craftsman’s curiosity led him to imitate the folding membranes of the bat’s wings in the elaboration of a fan. ”
But back to what interests us most, which is the way it is used in flamenco.
In this dance, the flamenco fan consists of some rods that are attached at the bottom to “the landscape”, which is a fabric or paper which is decorated with various motifs, realistic or decorative, whose choice of design will depend on Everyone’s tastes.
So much was its boom that in the 19th century the Royal Fan Factory was created for its perfection.
Thanks to the use of the Flamenco fan, the bailaoras manage to give flamenco great grace and style. That is why their use is very common among them. But why did this element put a place in flamenco? The answer may be that particular language that was developed by its use.
For example, if a lady wanted to communicate that she was single, she would fan her chest slowly, but if she wanted otherwise she would do it quickly. Closing it sharply was a sharp “I hate you” while supporting it in the heart meant “I love you.” We know that flamenco is music and dance that transmit endless emotions in our own language, the flamenco fan is an essential instrument to communicate all that energy.
Since flamenco is such a sensual, graceful and beautiful dance, it is logical to include this gadget to strengthen that spell of charm caused by its movements. And it is that as an English writer named Joseph Addison declared: “Men have swords, women fan, and fan is probably an equally effective weapon.”