I finished my prototype of a hiougi or cypress fan
(though mine isn't cypress - it's birch) and carried
it to a local event, Falling Leaves in Carolinga on
October 9th (where I met Nameless One btw). The fan,
most appropriately, has a painting of autumn leaves. I
hope to post more detailed pictures and instructions
eventually, but fortunately Lord Liam St. Liam
O'Donndubhain aka Bill Toscano was taking pictures at
the event and caught me and/or the fan:
Part of the fan I made is on the left hand side of
In this picture I am in the background sitting with
the baron and holding the fan (look under the
The fan is based on the following example:
Now the question:
Many of the pictures I have seen of hiougi, or cypress
fans, have long cords and fake flowers such as the
but these fans are either not dated, marked of
indeterminate date, or are labelled 17th century.
The pictures of period cypress fans I have found such
do not have cords or flowers.
This picture from the costume museum does have cords,
but apparently shorter, fewer cords.
Does anyone know if this is a post period development,
or if the cords and flowers just didn't last? Can
anyone point me to a period picture of a woman using a
fan with cords and flowers? Arigatou gozaimasu.
Ki no Izumi, called Kobayashi