Paper Parasols Umbrellas

Quickly find the Paper Parasols, Paper Umbrellas and Wedding Umbrellas for you here within our highly-curated selection of Asian paper parasols! Have the perfect wedding umbrellas, sunshade, and paper parasols for your baby shower, dance props, and more among our petite and large paper parasols or set your heart on our painted parasols, which colorful Asian designs will make you want them not only as elegant Asian souvenirs, but also as umbrella decorations of your wedding, special occasions, and chic indoor or dry outdoor space.

From Colorful Sunshade to Wedding Umbrellas

Catch the picture-perfect colors, always in-vogue designs, and durable make of our paper parasols and paper umbrellas, which are skilfully crafted by expert artisans in Asia. Each paper parasol and paper umbrella is made in traditional Chinese or Japanese umbrella style, thus they feature a sturdy bamboo frame that is finished with heavy-duty rice paper or other type of Asian parasol paper shade.

These paper parasols and paper umbrellas are ready to go as sunshade even on breezy outdoors like the beach, wedding paper umbrellas, umbrella favors, umbrella centerpiece, hanging umbrella decorations, fashion umbrellas – especially as finishing touch to Asian costumes and summery or tropical outfits, and Asian gifts for all occasions. They are also easy to paint and customize with glue-on embellishing, you can also try them as paper parasol light shades on indoor and dry outdoor spaces by mounting them under a ceiling (or over a wall)'s low-heat light source or attaching a battery-operated lantern light kit around their shaft.

Savor the warmth of the sunshiny weather with these paper parasols or have them as umbrella decorations and see how they give your home, party place and business establishment a colorful, homey, and whimsical ambiance that looks ready to catch all the good luck and prosperity that shower your day and special occasions. Shop these paper parasols and paper umbrellas bulk or wholesale to enjoy great savings and collect them now in a great variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and styles.

The Asian Symbol for Nobility, Honor, and Respect

Parasols are considered both in the Chinese culture and Buddhism as a symbol for nobility, rank, and social status: Nobles and royals had elaborate paper parasols and silk parasols held by slaves while the ordinary citizens had parasols for the sun and rain that were finished with stout paper. The Chinese Emperor's yellow parasol with dragon prints, called the Imperial Canopy, was also highly regarded for its stately design and was safely guarded at the Emperor's palace. Buddhist deities are also recognized by way of the parasols that shelter them and which stand as symbols of honor and respect.

Brief History of Paper Umbrellas

Paper parasols and paper umbrellas were first recorded in China about 2000 years ago. They were invented as an alternative to the broad, natural leaves, which the Chinese people used as shelter from the sun and rain but which wither easily under intense heat. Other historical references also noted the existence of paper parasols in 21 CE as Chinese paper umbrellas that were made for the four-wheeled chariot of Emperor Wang Mang of the short-lived Xin Dynasty (CE 9 - 24).

The earliest paper parasols were believed to be flat, rigid, and made from a bamboo cane, which was thinly split into several parts that are then extended outwards to serve as umbrella ribs or spokes and finished with a paper shade. While able to provide adequate shelter from the heat of the sun, the Chinese realized that they were not useful enough for the rain. This circumstance led to the creation of oiled paper parasols or waterproof paper parasols, which have paper shade that have been applied with oil or lacquer to act as water repellent or to increase the durability of paper.

The popularity of paper parasols extended, as well, to other parts of Asia, especially in Japan, where they became extremely popular among the Japanese nobles and the rich. They have also colored and gave more life to the streets, tourist spots, and special occasions in Asia, like Laos, Thailand, Korea, and Malaysia and, today, are cherished around the world as indispensable fashion statements and exquisite works of art that never fail to enthrall everyone who has the keen eye for beauty and entice their user to buy one after another.

The Perfect Umbrellas for Your Need

Find the perfect paper parasols that suit your need with this quick roundup of the most popular types of paper parasols:

Rice Paper Parasols.
These Asian umbrellas feature a smooth, thin, and crackly paper shade, like the ones used for Asian calligraphy and paper lanterns. Due to the wide availability of rice paper, rice paper parasols are probably the most popular and affordable type of paper parasol and while delicate-looking are actually effective in providing adequate shelter from the sun.

Mulberry Paper Umbrella.
Popular as Saa paper parasols in Thailand and Kozo paper umbrellas in Japan, mulberry paper umbrellas are made with a thick and sturdy handmade paper fibre that is naturally processed from the bark of a mulberry tree.

Parchment Paper Parasols.
Popular among the vintage-style Asian paper umbrellas, parchment paper parasols have the natural beauty and texture of parchment paper and they are usually finished with oil to exude a deluxe vintage appearance.

Oiled Paper Umbrellas.
The name for the various types of paper umbrellas and paper parasols, which have been coated with oil or lacquer for protection, to become waterproof, or to exude a vintage look, oiled paper umbrellas are generally considered traditional wedding items in Japan and China; they are also used as props in Japanese dances and traditional Japanese ceremonies.

The native name of the traditional Japanese umbrellas, the Wagasa is made of bamboo, oil, and Japanese paper and distinguished for their 30 to 40 bamboo ribs and straight, rather than dome-like canopy. They were introduced in Japan during the Heian Period (794-1185) and initially resembled a straw hat and a cape.

Bangasa Umbrella.
Also known as the Japanese rain umbrella, the Bangasa is made of traditional Japanese rice paper that is oiled to become waterproof. It is generally stronger and thicker than the traditional Japanese umbrella and are widely used be men since they are heavier.

Janome Gasa.
The smaller and delicate Japanese parasols, the janome gasa is traditionally made of Japanese paper and bamboo. It is distinguished for the white ring around its ferrule, which design is likened to the eye of a snake, thus its name Janome, which translates to snake eye. The Janome umbrella is popular among the maiko and geiko geishas since they complement a wide array of kimono. They also play an important role in Kabuki, a traditional Japanese theater.

Also known as Japanese dance umbrellas, the Maigasa is distinguished for its light weight, which makes it easy to hold and use as props for delicate and graceful dance moves, and colorful design, which is usually rendered in a spiral.

Nodate Gasa.
These large ceremonial paper umbrellas are used by tea masters in outdoor Japanese tea ceremonies. They are also used in garden parties and temple events, and as garden decorations or Asian souvenirs.

How to Care for Paper Parasols

Your paper parasols are exquisitely crafted to be durable and smart for a wide range of uses. You can verily use them more than once and keep them in tip-top shape with these five (5) tips on how to care for paper parasols:

  • Carefully open and close paper parasols before and after use until their folds are properly established.
  • Avoid using paper parasols amidst strong winds.
  • Unless stated otherwise, protect your paper parasols from the rain.
  • Dry waterproof paper parasols completely before folding.
  • Store paper parasols in a cool and dry place.

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