Originating in China, abanicos (handheld paper fans) were first introduced to Europe in the 1400’s. In Spain, and particularly in Andalusia, where traditions continue to hold strong, hand-painted fans adorned with ornate details became a way to express wealth or for coquettish communication. Abanicos Bastones Diaz, a third-generation family-run store specializing in artisanal fans, head veils, and related hair combs, caters to discerning visitors looking for authentic souvenirs. Located on the popular shopping street, Sierpes, antique or crafty contempo fans are available in a wide variety of textiles, colors, and designs. Gift ideas also in abound; from carved canes to jewelry.