What is an oil paper umbrella? How to make?

- Apr 20, 2018-

Oil paper umbrella is a traditional daily umbrella unique to the Chinese Civil Society. It has been used for more than a thousand years. In the process of making, umbrellas are mainly made of hand-cut bamboo sticks, and canopies coated with natural waterproof tung oil are used as canopies.


From the analysis of the production process, the entire production process of the traditional paper umbrella is very complicated. At the same time, it is also the earliest umbrella in the world. It is made by hand and all materials are taken from nature, which is the crystallization of Chinese ancient wisdom. With its gradual application and promotion, it was later spread throughout Asia, such as North Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and other places.


So, how did this umbrella with special significance come into being? In fact, the entire umbrellamaking process is not only very cumbersome, but also depends entirely on manual completion. Specifically, it can be divided into the following steps:


The first step is to choose the bamboo material that made the paper umbrella.

The second step is to make the skeleton of the paper umbrella. In this process, we must first complete the task of cutting the ribs, and then also carry out water immersion, sunlight and other necessary technical processing, and then drill, frame, threading, tandem umbrella umbrella head made of skeleton;

The third step is to make the canopy of the paper umbrella, mainly referring to sticking the cut umbrella paper to the skeleton, and then trimming, shaping and exposing the sun. The next step is to finish painting the flowers and draw a pattern on the umbrella surface, then dry it;

After the above is completed, the final step is to finish the process of oiling, that is, to brush a ripe tung oil on the umbrella surface of the paper umbrella and use it after it is completely dried.


At the same time, in the production of umbrellas, the quality control of the production tools used is also very strict. In addition, uniform oil is also required in the coating of tung oil. In addition, the umbrella surface of the paper umbrella is also very particular about drawing and is completed by professional painters. It mainly draws on the traditional Chinese painting theme, as well as various folk themes.