Folding fans, or abanicos, were considered must-have accessories in nineteenth century Spain. For women, they served as important tools in courtship, the ‘language of the fan’ expressing everything from ‘come hither’ to ‘don’t bother’ to hopeful admirers. The imagery painted or printed on fans also carried important messages. Many celebrate national events, such as the...
From the Object of the Day archives, Harlem Toile de Jouy wallcovering designed by Sheila Bridges for Studio Printworks installed in Esperanza Spalding Selects.