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China Umbrella Museum Introduction


 

China Umbrella Museum all-inclusively shows the culture, history, legends, art and craftsmanship of umbrella in China. It is not only the only umbrella museum of China, but also the world. Let’s have a visit to this museum.

The people of China prefer a life of art and refine everything related to life artistically and delicately, and it includes the umbrella, in some way, which is an artwork with the great design for generations. China Umbrella Museum (中国伞博物馆) located in Gongshu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. In the misty and mizzly Jiangnan region, or east China, umbrella plays a key role in daily life of local people. The unique culture of umbrella, the aesthetics of umbrella, the poetic imagery of umbrella and the symbolic significance of the umbrella together express a comprehensive folk culture of China.



China Umbrella Museum has an architectural area of 2411 square meters, and the temporary exhibition area is 527 square meters. Taking Gongchen Bridge as the landmark, it is situated on the west of the Grand Canal, exactly in the West Gongchen Bridge History & Culture Block. In this historic street, China Umbrella Museum, Hangzhou Arts & Crafts Museum, China Knives, Scissors and Swords Museum, China Fan Museum and the handicrafts live show museum form a complex of museums and exhibitions featuring the history and culture, and it becomes a new cultural landscape in northern Hangzhou. In the museum, there is a special zone for interaction, visitors can go there to try assembling the parts of the umbrella, painting the surface the umbrella and repairing the umbrella.

The culture and legends of umbrella in China are distinctive. In the museum, tourists can see a variety of umbrellas such as the octagonal oilpaper umbrella, lady’s umbrella of the Republic of China, modern silk umbrella of West Lake and handcrafted umbrella of Nepal. The love legend of Lady White Snake and Xu Xian begins with an umbrella lending. Modern poet Dai Wangshu(戴望舒, 1905-1950) boasted the Poet of Raining Lane (雨巷诗人) absolutely shows the poetic imagery of umbrella in traditional culture of China, especially the identity of umbrella in the mind of Chinese people, in his representative poem – Yu Xiang (雨巷, A Lane in the Rain).




The Origin of Umbrella in China


There are many stories about the origins of umbrellas in China. One of them is originated from the lotus leaves. Approximately 4000 years ago, a child played on the poolside, and encountered the rainfall. He quickly took a large lotus leaf and held on the head to shelter himself from the rain, and then the umbrella was invented.

There is another one related to Lu Ban, the master of inventions and the forefather of carpenters in China living the period of Spring and Autumn (722-481BC). Lu Ban worked in countryside area, and his wife, said to have a surname Yun, or Cloud literally translated, sent him the food everyday, and always suffered from the raining time. Lu Ban built some booths along the route his wife walked to avoid the rain some times. However, in summer, the weather easily changed, and the booths could not solve the problem. One day, his wife said “if the booth can be moveable, it will be better”. Hearing this, Lu Ban was inspired a lot, and followed the booth, and invented the umbrella.

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