The more we got to reading, the more interesting we found umbrella history throughout the years and a few other tidbits. We had to make our “Umbrella History” blogs a double feature!
3000 years ago, Chinese begin to make umbrellas out of paper and silk, although they lack proper water repellency. These silk umbrellas were expensive and considered works of art for the designs that were painted on them by talented artists.
As umbrellas became more popular, Chinese royals used only red or yellow umbrellas so that they stood out from the lower class, but are still used predominantly by women.
Men finally start using umbrellas in Europe in the late 1700s, albeit with tamer colours and styles. Finally, men realize that a dry suit is better than a damp one!
Umbrellas come to North America in the late 1800s and just a few decades later, Hans Haupt designs the pocket umbrella in 1928.
Today, the Swaine Adeney Brigg Men Malacca Umbrella is the most expensive umbrella in the world, with a scary price tag of $1270, apparently thanks to special tulip wood handle and hand-woven silk material. (We happen to think ours are just as beautiful and WAY less expensive!)