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The Secret Language of the Fan

The Secret Language of the Fan

A Secret Museum in Paris
Located in an upstairs flat in Paris, France there's a very special museum. It is dedicated to an object that, for several hundred years, represented an essential accessory for fashionable women throughout most of the western world: The Fan.

Also preserved here is the art of restoring these once symbols of a gracious feminine way of life. 

All over the world traditional skills and trades are disappearing, and with them whole ways of life. With mass markets and global trade there seems little hope for the survival of the skilled craftsman. But the desire to own beautiful things, and the desire to make beautifully crafted pieces don’t disappear.


Richard Goodwin and Anne Blaber have made it their purpose to record on film as many as possible of the traditional trades and crafts that presently risk extinction. It is their aim thereby to stimulate the remaining master craftsmen to set up apprenticeships and courses, while encouraging a new generation to take up these professions.


Our present special report, about the language of the fan, is comprised of one of Mr. Goodwin and Ms. Blaber’s marvelous films.


For further information, we encourage you to visit their website www.vanishingtrades.eu



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Date:  5th Jan 09

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