The Signature Craft of Miyawaki Baisen-an
Since 1823, Kyoto’s Miyawaki baisen-an has made hand-crafted fans for the imperial family, geisha and other notables. About 20 different processes are involved in making each fan, touched by artisans as many as 80 times before completion. Often tucked inside the obi of the kimono, a fan is an essential part of the geisha’s artistry—used for communication, etiquette and entertainment in dances and games.
Miyawaki baisen-an's fans feature lacquered oyabone (the outermost protective closures that envelope the inner spines), gold trims and a delicate scent.