Defects of raw materials themselves
Paper is an early invention of ancient China, and as a material for printing publications
it has irreplaceable strengths:
Although it is coat with oil, it is made of paper, so it is easily broken in the process of sun and rain
once the paper surface of the oriental parasol is rotten, the whole parasol is unusable.
Innovation of modern umbrella
As times change and society evolve
causing the oriental parasol to drop out of sight.
why oil paper parasol became a waterproof material :
But as China’s manufacturing industry develop and products became more abundant
the shortcomings of oil paper became more pronounce and the advantages disappeared.
After the years of scarcity,
became commonplace materials,
their waterproofness and strength far exceed that of oil paper
so it is not surprising that oil paper was abandon by manufacturers and users alike.
Oriental parasol production process is complex
Oriental parasols are mostly handmade
- cutting the bones,
- winding the thread,
- laminating the paper,
- applying persimmon water,
- closing the umbrella,
- drying the umbrella,
- putting on the handle,
- applying tung oil,
- nailing the cloth,
- wrapping the handle,
- threading the inner thread, etc.
The process is so complicate that an artisan can make just one a day.
In the age of industrialization
where “time is money and efficiency is life,”
who would want to lose money on such a costly endeavor?
change their business and stop production:
- new materials
the oriental parasol left us and disappeared quietly from our lives.
Today there are still some places
- Yunnan, Zhejiang
making oriental parasols:
- pass down folk craftsmanship
the parasols are mainly used as works of art for appreciation and collection, having long lost their original function.