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  • Pakhi is a Punjabi word for the hand fan.When electricity was not discovered and used to run the wings it was this that kept people cool.
    ‘Oh Dear is it a weapon?
    No its a Pakhi’ and what is a Pakhi? let us see, now this is the ‘pakhi’ that has always been popular in my country Pakistan. The days grow warmer and this is seen in many hands, mostly older people sitting crosslegged on ‘charpouys’ outside the house in the yard as there is no electricity though there may be a pedestal fan but…this pakhi keeps one much cooler’
    What is it made of? I guess it is made of the dry leaves of the date palm tree, at least this one is and I guess this type of cooling item must have its origin in China or Egypt roughly about 3000 BC.
    Hmmnn ‘This was something new for my grandsons from Dubai-a modern place with everything electric and electrified.Ha Ha’ well yes, indeed electrifying yet peaceful…I hope it remains so’ amen.
    I guess the ancient kings had the comfort of hand fans swayed by servants,the Mughal Kings or earlier the Egyptians had them fixed and mounted in a long shaft and they symbolized power’ and royalty and definitely status
    Some photographs show the 19th century depiction of a Japanese folding fan with a poem on its open surface
    The Japanese are famous for their decorated and folded hand fans.
    Hand Fan Defined
    A flat surfaced item small enough to be held in the hand for blowing around air and giving a cooling effect’ How nice…in my country hand fans are used in a different manner…
    lets see now..waving away flies trying to sit on the sleeping baby....
    relatives looking after their sick or injured dear ones keep a handfan to cool the sufferers
    Great man in a neat attire a coat and a small turban proudly and elegantly roasting the corn on flaming coal pieces, he uses the hand fan to keep the coal afire, and tongs or chimta’ to hold the cob.These corn cobs are extremely popular as street food all over the country.It is easy to eat and fills the stomach too….
    How fans are made and who makes them
    And now before the elctricity goes’off and keeps the article hanging in the laptop I will just add a few more points to this deeply interesting story
    Children and elderly all can make hand fans and they make them for a living…with the rising cost of fuel and power these hand fans are returning to the common market.hese fans are far different simple and inexpensive yet they are decorated with colorful cloth pieces and threads, with bright weaving designs.
    And with the degree of heat one really has to have a fan of one's own…as it cools one person only.
    Long Live The Pakhi’
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