Parasol

The term parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun, and umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain.

During the Victorian Era, parasols were used not only by fashion conscious women, but also by power elite males.

They provide an effective shield from the sun and they are an important part of the overall dress ensemble.

white and black lacy parasols


blue, pink and peach embroidery parasols

The above parasols were so lovely. They were for sales at the Repulse bay. I should have got hold of it!

The word umbrella is from the Latin word umbra which means shade or shadow.

By the way, how many umbrellas do you own? Do you prefer the large, medium or the small ones? I like to use the large ones when it's raining dogs and cats.

Comments

  1. Nice parasols so colorful with lovely borders looks like lace. Got a lot with various sizes at home but love carry big golf umbrella. Only use them when it pours when drizzling would choose to run haha. TQ

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  2. Big umbrellas are useful during a heavy downpour but can be quite bulky, hard to handle and hard to move around.

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  3. I'm like Bananaz. Only use one when it's pouring otherwise, I'll brave it out. :D

    Those nice ones are so cute. I have one balck one with lace but have yet to use it. Sayang... :D

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  4. oh i love umbrellas too.. but somehow, one by on goes missing one...

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  5. I don't like umbrellas. Never good in using them. Always ended up 'flying' away like Mary Poppins..

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  6. a large one and a small one given to me by my parents with Monet's "waterlilies" all over it.

    umbra--n : a region of complete shadow resulting from total obstruction of light

    Umbel--A flat-topped inflorescence(flowering part of a plant) in which the pedicels all originate from a single point, much like the struts of an umbrella. Queen-Anne's-lace (Daucus carota) has umbelliform inflorescences.

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  7. Lovely parasol texture! Did you bought it home wenn?

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  8. Those are so pretty! They have great designs!

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  9. I have one of them, large and blue. Large, because there can stand under until three people. But if it's raining cats and dogs, than I have no place for other and need him only for myself, so I cant be dry...
    Servus, so long and have a nice day
    Kvelli

    PS: Please excuse my bad english!

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  10. Beautiful parasols with lovely colors and designs!

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  11. They look so pretty! I prefer a big umbrella and I have just small one.

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  12. look very unique!

    But, i not dare to use it...

    It is more suitable for girls

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  14. Hi Wenn, they are beautiful. We have 5 umbrellas, all big golf ones given by friends.
    But I prefer a rain jacket.
    You have a nice day, Lee.

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  15. I prefer a large one as well. The umbrellas in the photos are really nice. But too small for my size.

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  16. I love umbrellas too. Whenever I see nice and good umbrella, I will buy and keep but somehow goes missing one by one like Claire. I prefer with uv protection.

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  17. I have one very large (which I don't use because it's embarassing!) and two medium umbrellas. Those parasols are lovely!

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  18. This is beautiful. Love the pink one (*_*).

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  19. The umbrellas are so pretty, but would that be good protection from the sun or rain? I would buy them if I can use it as decorations .

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  20. With the type of downpour here, I juz love those huge golf umbrellas. :)
    +Ant+

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  21. Ahh, these for ladies....if rain 'habis'

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  22. I'd love a black or white frilly one, please!

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  23. wow, those are cute umbrellas, can i have one?

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  24. I have both a big and small umbrella, but prefer the small one, easier to carry. Lovely photo, thank you.

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  25. What beautiful parasols! I have a medium sized umbrella but I usually forget to take it with me!

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  26. very pretty parasols. I have 2 folding 1 ordinary and 1 large umbrella but I seldom use any of them! I take the folding ones overseas with me when I travel.

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  27. It also was a fashion to keep your skin white to make a difference between the "upper class" and the workers who were brown by working outside or on the fields. Today we all want to be brown, lol !

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  28. Umbrellas remind me of Mary Poppins.

    And of course the movie "Singing in the Rain...."

    Umbrellas can be both positive and negative in imagery.....

    Cheers. Nice post.

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  29. I rarely use an umbrella. It's difficult to catty an umbrella AND a camera. LOL

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  30. I prefer small umbrellas that I could carry around easily.

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  31. What? They still sell it? I thought only people living in the Victorian age use this. I believe if kids (girls) use this, they will look really cute.

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  32. Wenn: Those are beautiful and at a great price.
    I have four umbrellas, two small fold-up ones in the car. Two large golf type ones, one in the house and one in my golf bag. I like to walk in a gentle rain without an umbrella.

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  33. i didn't buy the parasols. i just simply admired them.

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  34. Awww....so cute and trendy. :p I thing I have more than 10? LOL :D Those are my wife's umbrellas to be precise. Not mine.

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  35. I have 2 umbrellas in my car. One big (golf umbrella) and another is Giordano umbrella. Depends on the rain, I use which umbrella accordingly :p

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  36. I have a large and small umbrella in my car! I always use the large one! Haha

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  37. I'd like to have those cute parasols too!

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  38. The lace parasols are very delicate and pretty. Too bad we don't see them around here.

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