Originating in Ancient China, umbrellas or parasols are still widely used in China today. The oldest known parasols were first produced 2000 years ago and were made from fine silk. Today the finest paper parasols come from the Fujian and Hunan provinces of China.
Although they are still used as protectors from harsh weather, they are also used by performance and trapeze artists. Purchase one of these artfully crafted paper parasols with other products such as paper lanterns and hand fans to really add an Asian theme to your next party or home decorating project.