Fashion Umbrellas :: This magnificent fashion umbrella features two Chinese dragons mirroring each other against an all-red background. The dragons are painted green, white, yellow and pink for a stunning display and fabulous contrast against the red background shade. The mouths of the dragons are almost touching while each dragon is lifting one foot and clutching its claws, as if it is going to attack the other. Hand-painted down to the smallest detail on the dragon's bodies, this waterproof umbrella is sure to impress all who see it. The frame of the umbrella is made from sturdy bamboo and the shade from oil-treated cotton, giving it a firm feel and durability. The paint used on the shade is acrylic and is perfectly protected by the oil coating that goes over it. Not only is this umbrella a practical tool used to shade from sun and rain, it is an art piece that can be used as a decorative accent piece. The red background color of the shade is considered to be symbolic of luck and prosperity in Chinese culture. In that culture, red is used in weddings, festivities, and of course, during Chinese New Year. It is a fire element color and Chinese mythology believes it can chase away evil. The Chinese dragon is the most influential and significant creature in Chinese mythology. It was believed to be the controller of the waters and heavens, able to create weather by flying through the clouds and using its breath and fire. The dragon was also the symbol for the ancient emperors of China. The emperors chose the dragon because of the awesome amount of respect and power the people had for it. The number of claws in each foot of the dragon also had significance. Historically, the 5-clawed dragon was assigned to the "son of heaven", the 4-clawed dragon to the nobles and the 3-clawed dragon to the ministers. The dragon in this umbrella is of the 4-clawed variety. If you love the dragon, then this is umbrella for you. Completely made by hand, this special umbrella is perfect for making a fashion statement when outside and then doubling as a decorative accessory at home. Choose from 28" diameter and 35" diameter sizes. For most average sized people, we recommend the 35" diameter if you wish to use it outdoors for protection from the elements.