Parasols, China

Parasol use for sun protection, while eventually adopted by many cultures including Victorian era Europe, ancient Greece, Egypt and India, actually originated in China around 21 AD where collapsible umbrellas would be fixed to the side of wheeled carriages.

And they are still popular today as they help Chinese women maintain the milky, bright, pristine complexions that are the ideal there. (Shh, don’t tell the Brazilians).

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