|Hand Fan Attraction|
Contemporary times there are arts of attraction. In Old World Europe the hand fan had its own silent language of attraction. The fan has been used by women for centuries as silent language of physical attraction, love or rejection. The fan has a language of it own. Art of attraction, invitation, love or rejection. Lover was encouraged by gracious furls of the fan. A disdainful furl meant rejection. Gallant men were students in the interpretation of each flutter of a woman's fan.
Between the 1600 century until the late 1800s the fan was in use in Western Europe including Spain. The fan was a fashion accessory and symbol of social status. Fans were made of ivory, painted paper or silk, lace or animal skin. Folding fan were approximate eight to nine inches long. High fashion was not complete without a well designed fan. Young ladies were trained in fan etiquette. In Spanish culture the father was the family protector. Daughter were discreetly protected again male suitors. Women in the family were expected to be lovely, discreet, silent and private. The hand fan, ‘abanico’ was the perfect fashion accessory. Custom traditionally designed fans gave the sense of allure, privacy and mystery. In the 1600s – 1800s century social etiquette restricted verbal intimate communications between men and women. The fan was not just a fashion statement. The fan has an unspoken code language. Women were proficient in fan gestures and men were experts in fan gesture interpretation. The fan was not just a fashion statement and cooling instrument. The fan had its' own silent language of attraction, love or rejection.
- Closing the fan – I wish to talk to you
Some historian argues the fans coded language never existed. Others believe this coded language was handed down each generation from mother to daughter. Joseph Addison wrote “Passion of the Fan”.