Posted by Lisa Selwitz on

Yes, you can save a lot of dough carrying an umbrella. So why would you cough up the money for a Lily-Lark? For starters, they’re a unique sun parasol found nowhere else in the world. Instead of using paper or nylon for the canopy, Lily-Lark uses soft microfiber that’s been treated to be UV protective and water resistant. Which means the canopies will last much longer than the materials of traditional parasols. Plus the sun protective factor of UPF 50+ means you’re shielded from over 98% of the sun’s harmful rays.

The canopies have digitally printed art on them. We purchase designs that are original contemporary work by artists from all over the world. The illustrations are oil painting, watercolors, collages, ink drawings, wood cuts and more. The digital printing is more expensive, but the colors are worth it!

The parasols are made in Thailand with a proprietary technique designed to attach fabric to eco-friendly bamboo ribs. Each piece of the parasol is carved by a different wood worker, and everything is assembled by hand. It takes a deft touch to be able to pull the fabric taut enough to get a nice line without tearing the fabric.

Finally, the parasol comes with a beautiful hand-sewn carrying case in matching fabric to hold it when not in use. Which comes in handy for carrying a cell phone in one hand and that Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato in the other.

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