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Asian Style Umbrellas
If you ask anyone who has a personal style that you admire, they'll tell you that it all comes down to the little things. A pair of cuff links, those one of a kind earrings or that eyeglass case that seems to draw your attention. Useful necessities are usually left behind when it comes to making a statement, so it's all the more refreshing when you notice something mundane like an umbrella, and realize that it really stands out as something special. The original Chinese paper parasol was transformed in to the modern day waterproof umbrella when lacquer was used to coat the material. Since then, the Asian umbrella has become a home decorating staple and a personal statement of style for people who want to mix practicality with individuality.
Asian umbrellas are used mostly for interior or exterior decorating, as demonstrated by the larger patio models available for protection from the sun. Chinese Saa paper, the traditional construction material, is used as a base, and designs including dragons, to represent courage and royalty, and birds, that represent enlightenment. Thai parasols are a good choice to add color to your indoor living spaces. Constructed of paper or clothe, Thai parasols could only be carried by approval of the king of Siam and represented status for the common citizen. You can select the traditional round version in bold, solid colors, or the more striking square parisol for a great conservation starter.
Japanese parasols are enjoying a resurgence as the latest fashion trend among young women who are looking to recreate history and bring Asian umbrellas back. Formerly used by middle-aged and older Japanese women to shelter them from the sun, and preserve the white skin that was the standard of beauty, younger women are now sporting a jet black, more modern version. The spiral design is the most widely recognized style of Japanese umbrella, but more ornate patterns like lotus blossoms are also popular.
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