Mid-18th century French fan at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - Fans were not only made of painted silks, vellum and other textiles. Others, called brisé fans, were made by carving harder materials into sticks that could be strung together to form a fan. This example is made entirely of mother-of-pearl that has been intricately carved, gilded, and pieced together. When I see something like this, I find myself in awe of the craftsmen who did all of this - by hand.
Built during the early years of World War II, the Ledo/Burma Road connected China to Burma in a failed attempt by Allied powers to prevent Japan from gaining even more power in Central and Southeast Asia