Lanterns - Silk

Chinese lanterns are more than just decorations, they are symbolic of events such as births, deaths and even approaching danger.

The lanterns used today have remained virtually unchanged in design. A frame that surrounds the candle is assembled from pliable bamboo, sturdy redwood or inexpensive wire. Thin or oiled paper, gauze or silk fabric, are used to cover the frame and soften the harsh light of a naked flame.

The colour and shape of the lantern determines its use. Special red lanterns are used for weddings and plain white lanterns are used at funerals. Children in China also make lanterns at school and paint riddles and poems on them. Today they have their place as honoured guests at ceremonies and functions.

Simple lanterns were used in everyday life to light the way home at night and to hang on boats or outside shops and homes. While the origins of many lantern designs are highly symbolic or ritualistic, lanterns were also used in daily life as decorative protective shields for candles and lights. The lanterns in our range have been selected because of their highly decorative nature. The long red silk lanterns bear the Chinese character for each of the twelve birth signs. The colourful 8” silk tassel lanterns make great decorations.

The delicate nature of the materials used to make these lanterns means that they are easily damaged if mishandled or placed in positions where they can come into contact with other items. They should never be hung in windy locations where they can easily be blown from their hanging position.

While originally used in China as lantern covers for candles and lights, the highly flammable nature of both paper and silk poses a real fire risk. The lanterns in our range are sold as decorative items only and should not be used with candles or heat generating lighting.

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Chinese Tassle Lantern - Blue

Chinese Tassle Lantern - Blue

The lanterns in our range have been selected because of their highly decorative nature. The colorful 8” silk tassel lanterns make great...
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Chinese Tassle Lantern - Green

Chinese Tassle Lantern - Green

The lanterns in our range have been selected because of their highly decorative nature. The colorful 8” silk tassel lanterns make great...
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Chinese Tassle Lantern - Orange

Chinese Tassle Lantern - Orange

The lanterns in our range have been selected because of their highly decorative nature. The colorful 8” silk tassel lanterns make great...
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Chinese Tassle Lantern - Yellow

Chinese Tassle Lantern - Yellow

The lanterns in our range have been selected because of their highly decorative nature. The colorful 8” silk tassel lanterns make great...
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Read Birth Sign Lantern - Dragon

Read Birth Sign Lantern - Dragon

The long red silk lanterns bear the Chinese character for each of the twelve birth signs. This one is The Dragon, Symbolic of power. While originally...
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Read Birth Sign Lantern - Sheep

Read Birth Sign Lantern - Sheep

The long red silk lanterns bear the Chinese character for each of the twelve birth signs. This one is The Sheep, also known as Ram or Goat. While...
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Read Birth Sign Lantern - Snake

Read Birth Sign Lantern - Snake

The long red silk lanterns bear the Chinese character for each of the twelve birth signs. This one is The Snake or sometimes Little Dragon. While...
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Read Birth Sign Lantern - Tiger

Read Birth Sign Lantern - Tiger

The long red silk lanterns bear the Chinese character for each of the twelve birth signs. This one is The Tiger, strength and dexterity. While...
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Red Birth Sign Lantern - Boar

Red Birth Sign Lantern - Boar

The long red silk lanterns bear the Chinese character for each of the twelve birth signs. This one is The Boar, also known as the pig. While...
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Red Birth Sign Lantern - Dog

Red Birth Sign Lantern - Dog

The long red silk lanterns bear the Chinese character for each of the twelve birth signs. This one is The Dog, February 16 208 marks the start of the...
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