oil paper umbrella


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Oil-paper umbrellas on display in the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys area of Fuzhou. Doubling up as a parasol these intricately painted, handmade umbrellas originated from China before spreading throughout Eastern Asia. They are nowadays seldom used in Mainland China, where many older traditions have either died out or are rarely observed, although I hear that they are still an important part of traditional wedding ceremonies in Japan.