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These were my first pair of silk dance fans, transitioning over from hoops and other flow props. While there are undeniably some great small vendors making silk fans, if you can't afford those, these fans are really awesome for the price. They flow beautifully and look amazing in person and on film; constantly getting compliments on them! I've even had some folks ask if they were handmade, pricier fans. I didn't find much discomfort holding them-it is normal for your hands to hurt a bit before they get used to holding the fans while dancing, though, so you may feel some initially. The wooden part does get kind of "loose"/tattered after a while, but I've had my fans for a good 10-11 months and I've been pretty rough with them. Biggest flaw is my own doing-fan got caught in a zipper (of a bag I was keeping it in) and I had to cut it, ripping a hole. Even with a hole, the fans flow nicely. These are an ideal set of first silk fans, especially given the price.
These are beautiful! Great bang for your buck. Requires no talent/skill at all to create a nice wavy flag dance. Only disadvantage is that because they are fans, you need to use your hand muscles to hold them open and hand muscles are not particularly strong on most people. So don't expect to be doing motions with your silk fans for more than a few minutes at a time.
Love these! Brings me back to my childhood and now that I have a kid i can share these with her! The only reason I didn't give 5 stars was because one of the fans is tough to hold open. The other opens so smoothly.