We take a delightful design turn with this week’s MotW entitled: Umbrellas. It turns out painting umbrellas is a “thing.” Some cool and interesting ones will be showcased as mandalas of the day this week and a couple of them inspired the patterns in this mandala.
Interestingly enough, in order to fully appreciate the art on these umbrellas, they have to be fully open.
In all written records, the oldest reference to a collapsible umbrella dates to the year 21 AD, when Wang Mang (r. 9–23) had one designed for a ceremonial four-wheeled carriage. The 2nd-century commentator Fu Qian added that this collapsible umbrella of Wang Mang’s carriage had bendable joints which enabled them to be extended or retracted.
“The mind is like an umbrella. Its most useful when open.”
~ Walter Gropius
The Mandala Lady