Those Wacky Victorians

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Those Wacky Victorians

  The concept of using a sunshade has been around for thousands of years. During the Italian Renaissance in the 16th century, the parasol was introduced to Europe. Asian parasols had a beauty and grace all their own, with delicate bamboo ribs and a structure not commonly seen before. By the 1700’s, it had become a woman’s accessory, designed to go with each different walking suit, and definitely an item for sun, not for rain. At some point the designs became more elaborate, and tassels and frills were all the rage. Accessories are a big deal, and the Victorians always...

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